Army gets Lockheed Martin modernized tactical missile
The missile, manufactured in Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Camden, Arkansas, has updated guidance electronics and the capability to defeat area targets without creating residual unexploded ordnance. The platform is flexible and allows the Army to integrate new payloads and capabilities as necessary. TACMS missiles are the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile that the Army has used in combat.
To modernize TACMS, formerly ATACMS, missiles, Lockheed Martin is disassembling and demilitarizing earlier submunition warheads that are no longer in compliance with the 2018 international treaty. The warheads are replaced with new unitary warheads in a process that resets the missiles’ shelf lives, resulting in an essentially new product for a fraction of the cost of an entirely new fabrication.
"These new modifications enhance TACMS' capability and significantly extend its useful life," Ken Musculus, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "These upgrades ensure TACMS is ready to meet our customers' needs now and into the future."
The recently delivered missile will be flight tested in New Mexico later this year.