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11 novembre 2015 3 11 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin

HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System - photo Lockheed Martin


DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2015 – Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary munitions recently underwent successful stockpile reliability tests. All rockets were launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.


The tests included eight GMLRS rockets that were conditioned at hot and ambient temperatures. The ATACMS Unitary missile, which is the current production configuration, was conditioned hot for the test. The HIMARS launcher can fire ATACMS and GMLRS munitions ranging between 15km and 300km.


The flight tests, which were part of the U.S. Army’s tactical munitions reliability program, were conducted using simulated targets. Soldiers were inside the HIMARS’ Improved Armored Cab, where they initiated the launches.


“Lockheed Martin’s HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS precision fire solutions provide critical, quick-strike capabilities to U.S. and allied forces worldwide,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of tactical missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.


In service since 2005, HIMARS brings MLRS firepower to a wheeled chassis. It carries a single six-pack of rockets or one ATACMS missile, and can launch the entire MLRS family of munitions. It is C-130-transportable and can be deployed into areas previously inaccessible to heavier launchers.


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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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5 mars 2015 4 05 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
Sounding the Guns: Lockheed Martin on evolving artillery capabilities


03/05/2015  Richard de Silva - DefenceIQ



For a company that has one of the most seasoned histories in the U.S. defence market, dating back more than 40 years, it is no surprise that its role in supporting the field artillery needs of both its American and international customers is held in high regard. From the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), we take a look at where the company's artillery focus lies today in this exclusive feature.

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9 janvier 2015 5 09 /01 /janvier /2015 08:20
ATacMS photo US Army

ATacMS photo US Army


08/01/2015 - by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International Reporter


Lockheed Martin has been tasked with upgrading the United States Army's Tactical Missile System to ensure elements of it can't explode post-strike. The US aerospace/defence contractor will work on eliminating the chance of unexploded ordnance being left over once a target has been hit: a potential danger to allied forces in the area and, similarly, localised civilian populations.


Lockheed Martin will both develop and test new hardware for the missile - this set to go into production from 2016 onwards.


The Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) surface-to-surface weapon has been produced in several variants. The initial MGM-140A-Block 1 has since given way to the MGM-140B-Block 1A and latest MGM-168 ATacMS-Block IVA model. This latest version began flight testing in spring 2001, went into production the following year and, equipped with a 230 kg warhead, has a 300+ kilometre range.


Tactical Missile System


According to Lockheed Martin, as a tactical long-range surface-to-surface precision strike platform, ATacMS is comparable to nothing else in current US Army service. Since having made its operational debut, the Tactical Missile System has subsequently been launched close to 600 times - the system having shown ‘extremely high rates of accuracy and reliability' on every occasion.


Besides the United States, other current or future ATacMS operators comprise Bahrain, Greece, the Republic of China, South Korea, Turkey and the UAE.


ATacMS Upgrades


Fully compatible with the MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) launchers range, each ATacMS consists of hundreds of sub-munitions. To date, some 3,700 have left Lockheed Martin's facilities - with the firm's Texas and Arkansas plants set to carry out the Tactical Missile System upgrade work now required.


"ATacMS is extremely reliable and effective, and has proven itself over and over again in combat", explains Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's Tactical Missiles vice president, Ken Musculus. "These upgrades ensure ATacMS is ready to meet our customers' needs now and in the future."

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:50
Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System

Finland has lost interest in buying Lockheed Martin's MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and may opt instead for the more affordable, Russian-built Iskander-E. (US Army)


Apr. 3, 2014 - By GERARD O’DWYER – Defense News


HELSINKI — The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.


The ministry’s decision happens against a backdrop where the government has announced more than $3 billion in public spending cuts across various departments as the government struggles to tame rising national debt.


The search for a “more cost-efficient” tactical missile means that Finland has effectively dropped its interest in Lockheed Martin’s surface-to-surface MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for the Finnish Army.


Finland’s Ministry of Defense had signaled interest in acquiring the ATACMS as recently as January, setting aside a budget of about $140 million for the purpose. The ATACMS has a range of up to 188 miles (300 kilometers).


“The missile project has been put on hold due to budgetary reasons, and due to the high unit price,” said Arto Koski, a commercial adviser attached to the MoD’s Material and Projects Unit. “The ATACMS is a very expensive and relatively old system. We must now evaluate our entire material development.”


The focus has shifted, Koski said, to acquiring a surface-to-surface missile solution that is “more modern and affordable. We know of alternatives that would fulfill the same technological need.”


Finland’s interest in ATACMS peaked in mid-2012, when negotiations with the US culminated in a congressional permit to purchase up to 70 tactical missiles. Finland had earlier agreed to acquire US joint air-to-surface stand-off missiles for the Finnish Air Force’s upgraded F-18 Hornet fighter jets.


The prospect of an ATACMS deal heightened in 2006, when the Finnish Army acquired a second-hand M270 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) from the Netherlands for $62 million. A further $50 million was spent to render the MLRS launchers compatible with ATACMS missiles. Because the M270 launchers contain US technology, Finland sought and received US congressional approval for the acquisition.


he possibility that Finland, a neutral country, may turn to Russia for a surface-to-surface missile has increased following an agreement between the two countries last June to look at practical ways to cooperate on weapon purchases, sales and, in the case of Finland, offering subcontracting capacity to Russia’s equipment modernization programs.


The agreement was reached following talks between Finland’s MoD and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a visit here last May. In the months that followed, separate working groups were established in each country to examine potential areas for commercial cooperation and to evaluate those areas offering the highest potential.


An updated export version of the Iskander-E surface-to-surface missile is among the list of weapon systems, which includes combat aircraft, that Russia wants to sell to Finland. The Iskander-E has a range comparable to ATACMS, but Finland could expect to acquire the Russian system at a lower cost.


Finland traditionally obtained most of its big-ticket defense systems from the Soviet Union under a bilateral trade agreement that lapsed following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Systems acquired under this arrangement included MiG-21 fighter jets, Mi-8 helicopters and the BUK air-to-air missile system.


The near-obsolete BUK system is to be replaced by four batteries of the Norwegian-developed NASAMS II missile system beginning in 2015


After 1991, Finland switched to Western suppliers for its big-ticket procurements, acquiring 64 McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C and D Hornet fighters in 1992

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