Lockheed Martin’s first modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile, produced at the defense giant’s Precision Fires Production Center in Camden, Arkansas completed a successful first flight test on Tuesday (Nov. 8) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
The missile was launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher at a target area more than 130 kilometers away, precisely hitting the target with a proximity sensor-enabled detonation. All test objectives were achieved. The TACMS (formerly ATACMS) modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes previous-generation submunition warheads that do not comply with the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The modernization process also resets the missile’s 10+ year shelf life, company officials said.
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