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MODERNIZED TACMS MISSILES
SUCCESSFUL IN TWO NEW
– DALLAS, FEB. 20, 2017 –
Lockheed Martin's modernized Tactical Missile
System (TACMS) missile continued its streak of
successful flight tests with two recent flights at
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These
tests represent the third and fourth consecutive
successful trials of the modernized TACMS.
In December, a modernized TACMS
successfully engaged and destroyed a target in a
71-kilometer test. And in early February, a fourth
modernized TACMS destroyed a target at White
Sands at a range of more than 200 kilometers.
In both tests, the TACMS missiles were launched
from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System
"With our third and fourth consecutive
successful modernized TACMS flights, I believe
we have demonstrated that our production
quality and new technology are ready to move
forward," said Scott Greene, vice president of
Precision Fires & Combat Maneuver Systems
at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
"These modernized TACMS missiles will allow
our warfighters to quickly and accurately address
imprecisely located targets on the battlefield."
The missiles used in these two tests were
produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires
Production Center of Excellence in Camden,
As part of the U.S. Army's TACMS Service
Life Extension Program, the modernized missile
includes new state-of-the-art guidance electronics
and added capability to defeat area targets
without leaving behind unexploded ordnance.
The TACMS modernization process disassembles
and demilitarizes TACMS Block 1 and 1A
submunition warheads, replacing them with
new unitary warheads and bringing them into
compliance with Department of Defense policy
on cluster munitions and unintended harm to
civilians. The modernization process also resets
the missile's 10+ year shelf life.
In December 2014, Lockheed Martin and
the U.S. Army signed a $74 million contract to
take existing TACMS missiles from inventory and
The TACMS platform provides maximum
flexibility to quickly integrate new payloads and
capabilities to meet current and future demands.
With unsurpassed performance and an
unwavering commitment to production
excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical
surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the
U.S . Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be
fired from the entire family of MLRS launchers.
A TACMS long-range missile takes flight from a Lockheed Martin
M270A1 launcher during a test. Credit: Lockheed Martin
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THALES WILL SUPPLY
ILLUMINATION TRANSMITTERS TO
THE ROYAL DANISH NAVY
– FEBRUARY 15 –
Thales has been awarded a contract by the Danish
Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization for the
delivery of 14 Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI)
transmitters to be integrated in the current ESSM
fire control systems on-board the Absalon and Iver
Huitfeldt class vessels of the Royal Danish Navy.
• Thales will deliver 14 CWI (Continuous Wave
Illumination) transmitters to the Royal Danish Navy
• Thales’s CWI transmitter utilizes Gallium Nitride
(GaN) technology and incorporates a proven
missile waveform generator (MWFG)
• The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and the
last system will be delivered in 2021
The CWI transmitter is one of the key components
in the fire control chain by providing the x-band signal
to illuminate the threat and allow the Evolved Sea
Sparrow Missile (ESSM), a medium-range, surface-to-
air US missile, to “home in” on the reflected signal.
Thales’s CWI transmitter utilizes state-of-the-art
Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology and incorporates
a proven missile waveform generator (MWFG)
building block to provide unrivalled performance.
The design is scalable to support emerging missile
modes and threats.
The first delivery will be made mid-2019 and
the last system will be delivered in 2021. A second
contract was signed for the sustainment support of the
CWI systems until 2049.
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