The missile uses a fast boost-sustain motor, and terminal seeker capable of operating under adverse weather conditions. The projected warheads for P44 are either a 28-pound Hellfire II Metal Augmented Charge (MAC) or a 17-pound shaped charge with precursor. Ten missiles can be loaded into MLRS rocket pods, stored with their wings folded. The missile uses a mature tri-mode terminal seeker with semi-active laser (SAL) for designated targets; Doppler millimeter-wave radar (MMW) for weather penetration and detection of moving targets; and cooled imaging infrared (IIR) for imaging and discrimination, augmented by Global Positioning System -aided inertial guidance (GPS-INS) for mid-course guidance and.
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, March 7th, 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today unveiled P44®, a company-funded effort to demonstrate a long range strike missile for quick precision strike against moving surface targets under any battlefield conditions without minimum range limitations.
P44 ? a 7-inch diameter 220-pound missile with an effective range from zero to more than 70 kilometers ? is a next generation missile system. It can be launched from an MLRS® multiple launch platform, including the combat-proven HIMARS, the newest generation of highly-transportable multiple rocket launch platforms.
?Lockheed Martin has committed substantial internal funding to this development program to make an innovative new system available to our Army customer,? said Glenn Kuller, director of Tactical Missiles Advanced Programs for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. ?We believe that by coupling mature missile and seeker technology with the combat-proven HIMARS launcher, we can offer an affordable, low-risk, fast, precision-strike solution to the moving target problem, without additional equipment or force structure.?
P44 was designed to respond to a gap in the ability to effectively engage and neutralize rapidly proliferating long-range artillery, particularly mobile rocket launchers.
?This gap against fleeting targets is difficult to fill using projected munitions. However, merging a fast boost-sustain motor, an adverse weather terminal seeker and HIMARS, will offer the Army a badly needed solution,? said Kuller. ?W
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