ATK (Alliant Techsystems) has been awarded a $21 million contract from the US Army to continue development of the Army’s new precision-guided Mid-Range Munition (MRM).
The contract is said to represent the continuation of a multi-phased development program. The current phase will conclude in September 2003 with a gun-launched, guide-to-hit demonstration of MRM autonomous guidance. The next phase, system design and development, is expected to begin in 2004.
The kinetic energy (KE) MRM projectile is reportedly designed to defeat a wide array of targets, including battle tanks equipped with explosively reactive armour and active protection systems. It has also demonstrated a multi-purpose capability in a recent gun-fired test at Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, during which its long-rod penetrator and burning rocket motor significantly damaged a standard bunker.
ATK’s MRM projectile is the only smart munition in development by the US Army that delivers a long-rod KE penetrator to targets that are beyond the line-of-sight.
The projectile incorporates gun-hardened rocket motor and an electronics technology developed under ATK’s XM1007 and Tank Extended Range Munition (TERM), a gun-launched, precision-guided munition that is compatible with 105mm and 120mm gun systems.