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ATACMS missiles

1st July, 2023 Defence

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Context:  Ukraine has been pushing for ATACMS missiles which could strike at the heart of Russia’s fragile supply lines.

About ATACMS missiles

  • The Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is a conventional surface-to-surface artillery weapon system.
  • It is a long-range guided missile that gives operational commanders the immediate firepower to win the deep battle.
  • It is a ballistic missile manufactured by the US defence company Lockheed Martin.
  • It is capable of striking targets well beyond the range of existing Army cannons, rockets and other missiles.

Features of the missile

  • It has a Maximum range of 300 km.
  • They are fired from the MLRS Family of Launchers called MLRS M270 and M270A1 weapons platforms.
  • They have an Improved guidance package with Global Positioning System.
  • It Carries a WDU 18, 500-lb class blast fragmentation warhead.
  • ATACMS was deployed in Operation Desert Storm and was very successful.

Other Important missile deployed by US in Ukraine

Patriot Missile

  • The US recently sent Patriot missiles to Ukraine to defend it against Russia.
  • The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the primary such system used by the United States Army and several allied states.
  • It is manufactured by the S. defence contractor Raytheon.
  • They can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles.
  • The system’s effectiveness is however limited and that it may not significantly change the shape of the war.


Consider the following statements about “ATACMS” recently seen in news:

  1. It is an earth-like exoplanet recently discovered by NASA.
  2. It is located in andromeda galaxy.

Which of the above  statements are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both
  4. None

Ans: D