Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has received a $165 million sole-source letter contract, with $82.4 million of the contract initially funded, for production of the Army Tactical missile system (TACMS) Block II Missile from the US Army Aviation & Missile Command.
The Block II Continued Development contract was originally awarded to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in July 1995. A Low-Rate Initial Production contract was awarded in June 1999.
The Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP-IIIA) contract includes 19 Tactical Block II/BAT missile systems, three test missiles and logistics and test support requirements.
The LRIP IIIA work will be performed at the company’s Dallas and Horizon City, Texas, facilities and will be completed in December 2003.
The Block II missile is said to have a range of more than 80 miles (128 km).
The Brilliant Anti-Armour Submunition (BAT) submunition, produced by Northrop Grumman, has the lethality and intelligence to search out and destroy moving armour.
BAT is essentially a self guided anti-armour submunition that uses an acoustic sensor for target detection and an infra-red sensor for homing as it glides to the target to deliver a shaped charge warhead
The BAT submunitions are dispensed from Army TACMS by a gas bag management system.
Once the Army TACMS warhead skin separates from the missile, the gas bags inflate, pushing the BATs out of the missile body. The BATs then activate and begin searching for targets.