Lockheed Martin recently conducted a first flight test for the modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS), launched at a range of 130km from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The missile hit the target precisely, using a proximity sensor.
"This was a successful test that proves that the new Modernized TACMS retains the extreme precision this product line is known for," said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "With Modernized TACMS, we are taking existing missiles from inventory and giving our customer an essentially new missile."
Upgraded under the US Army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program inventory refurbishment effort, the modernised missile includes updated guidance electronics, and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The TACMS (formerly ATACMS) modernisation process disassembles and demilitarizes previous-generation sub-munition warheads uncompliant with the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The modernisation process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.
The only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat, TACMS can be fired from the entire family of MLRS launchers, including the lightweight HIMARS.