Compact Kinetic Energy Missile CKEM
The Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM) is about 1.5
meter (60 inches) long, weighing less than 45 kg (100 pounds). It is
designed to operate as short as 400 meters and
at extended range, engaging tanks and other armored vehicles well beyond
their effective range.
The missile's kill effector is a hyper-velocity (+6.5Mach) long rod,
defeating the target by kinetic energy. It is designed to defeat armored
and fortified (structures) targets, including targets protected by
explosive reactive armor and active protection systems. CKEM can be
fired within or beyond line-of-sight, relying on passive target
acquisition and engagement. The high velocity, hit-to-kill and advanced
guidance provides the warfighter with near fire-and-forget
capability, overwhelming lethality and a high probability of first-round
kill. The system demonstrated extreme lethality against bunkers,
constructed structures and armored targets at both short and extended
The US Army identified armor and structure defeat
requirements as capability gaps for the Infantry Brigade Combat Team and
the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. These gaps could be bridged by future
deployment of CKEM at both close extended ranges.
CKEM is designed for the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS). The weapon will be
integrated into the Future Combat Vehicle (FCV), heavy ground platforms,
and rotor wing platforms. CKEM program is a follow-on to the currently
deployed Line Of Sight Anti-Tank (LOSAT) system.
Lockheed Martin performed a second successful test of the Compact
Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM), against a reinforced urban structure. The
next two tests scheduled for this year will demonstrate the weapon's
ability to defeat enhanced reactive armor. Lockheed
Martin received a $78 million contract in 2003 for CKEM's ATD phase.
Successful completion of sled tests and ATD work will ensure the missile
is ready to enter the SDD phase of development later this year.