New Raytheon Missile Launcher to Fire 2 Missiles From 1 Pod!!!

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Double combat power at a fraction of the cost

    The launcher will fire two missiles from a single weapons pod, an innovative and differentiated design that slashes the cost to the customer and increases combat power. The new missile also flies farther, packs more punch and incorporates a superior guidance system than the current weapon, which is rapidly becoming obsolete.

    Raytheon’s Long-Range Precision Fires weapon is designed to integrate with the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS rocket launchers. The new missile's range and speed will allow Army combat units to engage targets over vast geographic spaces in high-threat environments.

    As the next generation of surface-to-surface weapons for the Army, the Long-Range Precision Fires weapon will:

    • Offer a low-cost solution.
    • Double the firepower.
    • Defeat fixed land targets at 300-499 kilometers.
    • Improve lethality and target set over current systems.
    http://www.raytheon.com/capabilitie...dium=organic&utm_campaign=N/A&linkId=30328937
     
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    wasn't the HIMARs to replace the M270s?
     
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    Weak attempt of cosplaying Iskander?
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    I don't believe it was meant to replace the M270, just augment them with a lighter, more easily transported vehicle.

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    In a semi related note: ATACMS is being upgraded with an anti-ship capability|Woot|!

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    WASHINGTON: The Army’s long-range artillery rocket, ATACMS, will get upgraded to strike moving targets on land and at sea, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced today. After at least two years of pressure from Congress and vague promises from Pentagon leaders, and for the first time since the Coastal Artillery Corps was disbanded 66 years ago, the Army is officially back in the business of killing ships. That gives the largest service a big new role in countering Russian aggression in the Baltic and Black Seas or defending allies like the Philippines against China.

    The project to upgrade the Lockheed-built ATACMS is sponsored by the Strategic Capabilities Office, created by Carter back in 2012 and headed by his protégé, Will Roper. (Our exclusive interview with Roper is
    here and here). SCO’s involvement, incidentally, explains why no one in the Army or industry said this was happening: SCO keeps secrecy locked tight — its very existence was classified at first — unless and until they decides the deterrent value of letting adversaries know about a weapon in peacetime outweighs the tactical value of surprising them with it in wartime.

    “A prominent theme of SCO’s work is spearheading creative and unexpected new ways to use our existing missiles and advanced munitions, and across varied domains,” Carter said this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “One example of this that I want to highlight – something I haven’t talked about publically before today – is SCO’s project to develop a cross-domain capability for the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS. By integrating an existing seeker onto the front of the missile, they’re enabling it to hit moving targets, both at sea as well as on land. With this capability, what was previously an Army surface-to-surface missile system can project power from coastal locations up to 300 kilometers into the maritime domain.”

    SCO’s hand is evident in the low-hanging fruit approach Carter described. Rather than develop the Army a purpose-built shore-based anti-ship missile, or even buying one of the many available on the global market, the project is taking an existing, proven weapon, ATACMS, and fitting it with an existing seeker. (Carter didn’t say what program the seeker came from). Currently, ATACMS can only navigate to a specified set of coordinates, so it can only hit static targets with precision. (It can hit moving targets, like tanks, by blanketing their general area with
    cluster munitions, but the US is phasing those out). With a seeker added, however, ATACMS can pick out a moving target and home in on it. And once you’ve made a missile capable of hitting moving targets of whatever kind, industry officials have told me, it’s relatively easy to make it capable of hitting targets on both land and sea.

    http://breakingdefense.com/2016/10/army-atacms-missile-will-kill-ships-secdef-carter/

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    The US hasn't had an anti-ship capable ballistic missile since Pershing II was retired.

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    Funny. Now, they are trying to cosplay Chines DF-21D, or Iranian "Khalij Fars"


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    Nah, this is an old capability for the Americans. They just haven't had anything like it recently because of its limited utility in the American's doctrine and that their army doesn't have a coastal defense corps anymore, which also means it lacks anti-ship missiles or other coastal defenses.

    Both the Americans with Pershing II.

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    And Russia with a variant of the R-27 had the capability to hit moving ships with a ballistic missile as far back as the 1970s, though one was never operationalize and the other was removed from service following an arms limitation treaty,

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    If anything the anti-ship capability of ATACMS is a secondary point. The US military is adding a seeker to everything it can right now, to augment GPS guidance and allow the weapons to function better in an EM heavy or GPS denied/degraded environment, That the seeker allows the missile to target moving ships is a bonus, but not the main point of the upgrade.

    http://defence.pk/threads/anti-nava...from-us-strategic-capabilities-office.458445/
     
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