Lockheed delivers first ATACMS missile to US Army


Lockheed Martin has completed the delivery of the first of 120 new Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles to the US Army.

ATACMS is said to be the army's only tactical long-range, deep precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system.

The missiles to be delivered to the army and an international customer are being produced at the company’s new production facility in Camden, Arkansas, US.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Precision Fires vice-president Scott Greene said: "ATACMS has demonstrated unparalleled system performance and reliability for our customers.

"These latest ATACMS rounds will support army readiness, and provide a critical new precision engagement capability to our international customers."

"These latest ATACMS rounds will support army readiness, and provide a critical new precision engagement capability to our international customers."

Each ATACMS missile is packaged in a guided missile launch assembly pod and fired from the multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) family of launchers.

With a maximum range of 300km, the missile can carry a WDU18, 500lb class blast fragmentation warhead.

Lockheed said that the ATACMS programme is in full-rate production at its Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden.

The company is nearing completion of a development contract with the US Army that is expected to further improve existing ATACMS missiles.

To date, Lockheed has produced more than 3,800 ATACMS missiles.

More than 600 ATACMS missiles have been fired in combat and the system has demonstrated high rates of accuracy and reliability.