Lockheed Martin has given the U.S. Army its first Typhoon missile system, which can use Tomahawk and SM-6
The U.S. Army received the first Typhoon missile system, developed by Lockheed Martin under the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) program. But so far we are talking about a prototype.
Here's What We Know
Typhoon is a ground-based system that can use supersonic SM-6 and subsonic Tomahawk missiles with a launch range of up to 1,800 km. At the same time, it is noted that the missiles of Raytheon company will do without significant modification. The novelty is designed on the basis of vertical launch Mk 41 system, which is used by the US Navy.
The U.S. Army wants four weapon systems being developed under the MRC program. The Typhoon will occupy a free tire between the ATACMS / PrSM missiles, which have a launch range of 300 / 500 km, and hypersonic weapons. The Army intends to get the SM-6 and Tomahawk missiles under contract with the Navy.
Lockheed Martin gave the military the launchers ground equipment. One battery consists of four launchers, each of which can launch four missiles. It is possible that in the future the Typhoon will use hypersonic SM-6 Block IB missiles, which are currently under development.
The prototype is intended to be prepared for exercises that will begin after the New Year holidays. If everything goes according to plan, the U.S. military will begin receiving Typhoon missile systems late next year.
Source: The Defense Post, The Drive