Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS)

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Overview:

According to recent reports, the United States is close to approving the supply of the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for Ukraine.

About Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS):

 

  • ATACMS is a conventional surface-to-surface artillery weapon system capable of striking targets well beyond the range of existing Army cannons, rockets and other missiles.
  • It is manufactured by the US defense company Lockheed Martin.
  • It is also designated M39 by the US Army, and its Dept of Defence (DoD) designation is MGM-140.
  • This weapon's known operators other than US are Bahrain, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates.
  • Features:
    • ATACMS are 24/7, all-weather, surface-to-surface, inertially guided missiles.
    • It has a range of about 190 miles (305 km).
    • Propulsion: Single-stage, solid propellant.
    • It is typically deployed from modified Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) launch vehicles.
    • Targets include air defense artillery sites, surface-to-surface missile units, logistics sites, command and control complexes, and helicopter forward operating bases.

 


Q1) What are guided missiles?

A guided missile is a self-propelled, unmanned space or air vehicle carrying an explosive warhead. Its path can be adjusted during flight, either by automatic self-contained controls or remote human control. Guided missiles are powered either by rocket engines or by jet propulsion.

Source: US ‘close to’ approving longest range missiles yet to Ukraine