Lockheed conducts flight tests of US Army's upgraded tactical missile system


Lockheed Martin has conducted two rounds of 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 launches mark the third and fourth consecutive successful trials of the modernised TACMS.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control precision fires and combat manoeuvre systems vice-president Scott Greene said: "With our third and fourth consecutive successful modernised TACMS flights, I believe we have demonstrated that our production quality and new technology are ready to move forward.

"These modernised TACMS missiles will allow our warfighters to quickly and accurately address imprecisely located targets on the battlefield."

The long-range missiles were launched from a high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) launcher in both tests.

The TACMS successfully destroyed targets within a 71km range and more than 200km during the trials conducted in December and early February respectively.

"These modernised TACMS missiles will allow our warfighters to quickly and accurately address imprecisely located targets on the battlefield."

The missiles were produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas, US.

The upgraded TACMS with new guidance electronics is capable of defeating area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance.

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 modernisation process is anticipated to increase the missile's shelf life.


Image: A TACMS long-range missile takes flight from a Lockheed Martin M270A1 launcher during a test. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.