Modernized ATACMS M57A1 ready for test-fire by US Artillery 12406172

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United States Field Artilery will soon ready to test-fire modernized ATACMS tactical missile.
United States Field Artillery Soldiers will soon be ready to test-fire the modernized Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment from U.S. Army, will undergo intensive training on the latest versions of software before operational testing.
     
United States Field Artillery Soldiers will soon be ready to test-fire the modernized Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment from U.S. Army, will undergo intensive training on the latest versions of software before operational testing.
The new M57A1 Army Tactical Missile System missile is being fired over the cab of an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launcher. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army illustration)
     
Due to the upcoming DOD cluster munition ban, the Army has been working persistently to provide an accurate and lethal substitute for the legacy Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM) warhead. After several months of developmental testing with a unitary warhead and proximity sensor, ATACMS is ready for Soldiers to man the cab of an M270A1 Multiple Launching Rocket System launcher and fire it.

ATACMS will provide the warfighter with precise effects in all weather, day or night, and is capable of engaging targets with deep strike precision.

The MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) is a surface-to-surface missile (SSM) manufactured by the American Company Lockheed Martin. It has a range of over 160 kilometres, with solid propellant, and is 4.0 metres high and 610 millimetres in diameter.

The ATACMS can be fired from multiple rocket launchers, including the M270A1 MLRS, and HIMARS. An ATACMS launch container has a lid patterned with six circles like a standard MLRS rocket lid.
 

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