New Rounds Incorporate Height-of-Burst Capability
The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $561.8 million (€494.3 million) contract for Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) rounds for its own inventory and for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.
The two-year contract calls for new ATACMS rounds, as well as upgrading several previous-variant ATACMS as part of the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP III).
“The new-build ATACMS rounds under this contract will include sensor technology that provides the recently qualified Height-of-Burst capability,” explained Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Vice President of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems, Gaylia Campbell. “This new feature will allow soldiers to address area targets at depth on the battlefield.”
To meet the increased demand for ATACMS, Lockheed Martin is expanding its Camden, AR manufacturing facilities – where both SLEP and new rounds will be manufactured – to include the capability to produce ATACMS and other upcoming missiles.