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|MGM-140 ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System)|
ATACMS launch by M270, 2006.
|Type||Rocket artillery, Tactical ballistic missile|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Used by||USA, South Korea|
|Wars||Gulf War, Iraq War|
|Length||13 ft (3.96m)|
|Width||24 in (61cm)|
|Maximum range||300 km|
The MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS) is a surface-to-surface missile (SSM) manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It has a range of over 100 miles (160 km), with solid propellant, and is 13 feet (3.96m) high and 24 inches (61cm) in diameter.
MGM-140A - Block I
MGM-140B - Block IA
MGM-164 ATacMS - Block II
A Block II variant (initially designated MGM-140C or, previously, M39A3) was designed to carry a payload of 13 Brilliant Anti-Tank (BAT) munitions manufactured by Northrop Grumman. However, in late 2003 the U.S. Army terminated the funding for the BAT-equipped ATACMS and therefore the MGM-164A never became fully operational.
MGM-168 ATacMS - Block IVA
Originally designated Block IA Unitary (MGM-140E), the new Block IVA variant was designed to carry a 500 pounds (230 kg) unitary HE warhead instead of the M74 bomblets. It uses the same GPS/INS guidance as the MGM-140B. The development contract was placed in December 2000, and flight-testing began in April 2001. The first production contract was awarded in March 2002. The range has been increased to some 300 kilometres (190 mi).
- Bahrain:Royal Bahraini Army
- Finland:Finnish Army
- Greece: Hellenic Army is also a known user of the ATACMS.
- Republic of China (Taiwan) Republic of China Army : On 20 December 2010, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract for $916 million for 226 'tactical missiles' and 24 launcher modification kits for the UAE and Taiwan.
- South Korea: In 2002 the South Korean Army purchased 111 ATACMS Block I and 110 ATACMS Block IA missiles, which were deployed in 2004. An affiliated company of the Hanwha Group of Korea produces munitions for the missile systems under a license from Lockheed Martin.
- TurkeyTurkish Army: Turkey is also a known user of the ATACMS.
- United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates Army: On 20 December 2010, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract for $916 million for 226 'tactical missiles' and 24 launcher modification kits for the UAE and Taiwan.
- United States United States Army:
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