Lockheed completes flight test of US Army's upgraded tactical missile system


Lockheed Martin has completed second flight testing of its upgraded tactical missile system (TACMS), which was developed for the US Army.

Conducted at the army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the test launch validated capability enhancements being made to the TACMS round.

The long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile, with new guidance electronics, was launched from a high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) launcher at a target approximately 85km away. During the trial, TACMS precisely engaged and destroyed the target and demonstrated its Proximity Sensor Height of Burst enhancement.

"We are absolutely confident that when called upon, these modernised TACMS will provide an unmatched level of precision and lethality to our warfighters."

Lockheed Martin's missiles and fire control precision fires/combat manoeuvre systems vice-president Scott Greene said: "We are absolutely confident that when called upon, these modernised TACMS will provide an unmatched level of precision and lethality to our warfighters."

The capability demonstration was carried out as part of the army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program inventory refurbishment effort, which is aimed at increasing the missile's shelf life.

The TACMS modernisation programme involves the disassembling and demilitarisation of TACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads by replacing them with new unitary warheads. The new modernised missile is also capable of delivering increased lethality against imprecisely located targets.

Using TACMS platform, warfighters can quickly integrate novel payloads and new capabilities.