XM1111 Mid-Range Munition

XM1111 Mid-Range Munition

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The XM1111 Mid-Range Munition (MRM) is a 120 mm precision guided munition being developed for the Rheinmetall 120mm Gun (known as the "M256" in the US military) used by several Western tanks. It was also intended to fulfill a requirement for Future Combat Systems (canceled) for a long-range, Beyond Line of Sight tank munition.

The U.S. Army awarded two contracts in a competition to validate the requirement, one for a kinetic energy penetrator round (MRM-KE) and one for a chemical energy warhead round (MRM-CE).

In December 2007, Raytheon's CE-based concept was awarded the system-design-and-development contract to develop the round. Valued at $232.3 million, the 63-month contract covers system design and development.

MRM-KE

The MRM-KE (Mid-Range Munition - Kinetic Energy) is an implementation of the MRM under development by Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and HR Textron.

The missile/projectile is designed to be used as a high-velocity penetrator for line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight shots. In line of sight, it would operate using laser guidance or a millimeter wave seeker. In BLOS, the shell would be fired in a ballistic arc, and would seek out its own targets.

The missile uses a kinetic energy penetrator to penetrate enemy armor. This effect is improved by a rocket motor that speeds the munition up. It steers with impulse thrusters.

MRM-KE uses technology developed as part of the X-Rod...
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