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Bat Program Altimeter Home Page

Program Description
BAT (Brilliant Anti-Tank) is a terminally guided submunitions dispensed from the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).  The combination is called ATACMS-Block II.  The system is a deep attack weapon system for destroying armored vehicles operating far within enemy territory.  The submunition uses acoustic information to locate target groups, then uses the Raytheon Infrared Seeker to provide Target Detection and lethal aimpoint impact selection.  The BAT program recently completed a significant demonstration of its effectiveness for the deep strike mission.  For a full description, including costs and field test results, see the Links page.

The overall system is built by Northrop Grumman Corporation.  Raytheon TI Systems in Dallas, Texas, has been tasked with manufacturing the Altimeter.

Click for pictures of the ATACMS Block II BAT system.
Submunition Cutaway View       IR Seeker Parts View    BAT Munition      BAT in Missile


  Submunition Two Color IR Seeker
Primary Delivery Vehicle Army Tactical Missile System Submunition Unit
Length 36 Inches 8.1 Inches
Diameter 5.5 Inches 5.5 Inches
Weight 44 pounds 9.5 pounds
Sensors Acoustic/Infrared Two color infrared mid and far band
Contractor Prime Contractor:  Northrop Grumman Corporation, Electronic Systems Division Major Subcontractor:  Raytheon Company, Electronic Systems Division

During testing in April 1998, the Army ATACMS-BAT Project successfully launched a Block II ATACMS missile against a moving threat armored column at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.  The missile dispensed ten BAT Seekers.  The BATs acoustically located the target array and the IR seekers acquired, tracked, and maneuvered to two different armored vehicles impacting vulnerable areas.  On May 1, Raytheon was awarded the Test Hardware Contact Phase of BAT--$26.5 million for 25 months.  This contract includes the design, build, and test of 88 deliverable BAT IR Seekers and two qualification units.  This program leads BAT into Low Rate Initial Production.

Bat Links
Raytheon Home Page:                                 http://www.raytheon.com/
Northrop Grumman Home Page:                 Home Page
General BAT Information:                           Bat Information