Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



MISSILE NEWS
Lockheed Martin test of ATACMS missile system successful
by James Laporta
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017


Lockheed Martin conducted another successful launch of its Army Tactical Missile System or MGM 140 ATACMS Wednesday morning.

The company announced on Wednesday that a flight test of the ATACMS modernization, a surface-to-surface missile with a range of over 100 miles, was conducted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The flight was a system-level test conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Army's Precision Fires Rocket & Missile Systems, or PFRMS Program Management Office.

Other test objectives included the missile's performance range and accuracy from launch to impact, validating the interface with the HIMARS launcher, and testing system software performance.

"This was our seventh consecutive successful test in the ATACMS modernization program," Matt Berger, Precision Fires program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a press release. "ATACMS is extremely accurate, affordable and mission-flexible, and is a missile our war fighters can rely upon when performance is most needed."

The ATACMS was launched from a soldier-manned M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, launcher -- a warfare tool that has been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lockheed Martin officials said the ATACMS missile flew more than 86 miles and demonstrated a proximity sensor height-of-burst detonation over the target area, meaning the missile exploded in the air versus on contact with the ground or intended target.

"This is a new ATACMS feature that allows battlefield commanders to address imprecisely located or area targets," Lockheed officials said.

In August, Lockheed Martin's Missile and Fire Control was awarded a $161.4 million contract for the production of launch assemblies for the ATACMS.

The contract is part of the Service Life Extension Program for aging components of the missile system, and calls for the modernization of 150 missiles as part of the Army's ATACMS Service Life Extension Program. Work will be conducted at sites across the U.S. with an estimated completion date of Feb. 3, 2020.

"The modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes ATACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, replacing them with new unitary warheads and bringing them into compliance with Department of Defense policy on cluster munitions. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life," according to Lockheed Martin officials.

ATACMS is the U.S. Army's only tactical long-range precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system and can be operated in all weather conditions. Successful firing can be achieved from the entire family of Multiple Launch Rocket System launchers.

MISSILE NEWS
BAE contracted for additional advanced guided rockets for the Navy
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a new $59.9 million contract for additional advanced precision kill weapon systems, or APKWSTM guidance kits. On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy requested the APKSTM guidance kits from BAE Systems in order to transform the Department of Defense's standard rocket mutations, the Hydra 70 into laser-guided precision munitions as the growing demand for cost-effe ... read more

Related Links
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

MISSILE NEWS
US to sell $15 bn THAAD missile defense to Saudi Arabia

Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system

PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher

Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile

MISSILE NEWS
Missile test fears as N. Korea marks key party anniversary

Raytheon integrates Stinger missile with armored vehicle

BAE contracted for additional advanced guided rockets for the Navy

Saudi Arabia says to buy Russia S-400 defence systems, other arms

MISSILE NEWS
Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences

BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs

IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo

Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai

MISSILE NEWS
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers

L3 satellite terminals for Air National Guard

Asia-Pacific nation orders Harris communications gear, network

Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension

MISSILE NEWS
Australia seeks small diameter bombs from U.S.

Israeli artillery shells becoming precision guided weapons

Rheinmetall, Paravan team on autonomous vehicle technology

Orbit Logic Awarded Navy Autonomy Contract

MISSILE NEWS
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs

Leonardo opens new site in Australia

Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates

BAE Systems Australia to support Indigenous companies

MISSILE NEWS
Lithuania hikes defence budget to meet NATO target

Moscow accuses US of 'quietly' adding troops in Eastern Europe

Ex-NATO chief urges allies to boost help for Ukraine

China protests to US over sail-by in disputed waters

MISSILE NEWS
Paper-based supercapacitor uses metal nanoparticles to boost energy density

Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst

Tungsten offers nano-interconnects a path of least resistance

Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement