Lockheed Martin has partnered with the Letterkenny Munitions Center in an effort to modernize the U.S. Army‘s tactical missile systems or ATACMS.
The Army said Thursday its Precision Fire Rocket and Missile Systems Project Office initiated the ATACMS Modernization (AMOD program) to replace older variant warhead with a more modern warhead, through updating the electronics and installing a new warhead. The new warheads would comply with modern Defense Department requirements.
The Army expects the partnership between Lockheed and LEMC to provide cost savings and utilizes capability found only at LEMC, part of the U.S. Army’s Organic Industrial Base.
The AMOD program will sustain a usable inventory for the U.S. Army, maintain an industrial base for the Army’s only long range precision strike munition, and provide cost savings by reusing select pieces of hardware. LEMC will download and demate the old ATACMS variant warhead to recover hardware for reuse in Lockheed Martin’s new production builds.
LEMC’s team of multiple launch rocket system experts have begun testing, inspecting and maintaining the ATACMS and software for the complementary common test devices.