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The KEP (Kinetic Energy Penetrator) also designated LRP (Long-Rod Penetrator) is a type of ammunition designed to penetrate vehicle armour which, like a bullet, does not contain explosives and uses kinetic energy to penetrate the target. Modern KEP munitions are typically of the Armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS) type.

The Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM) was a developmental program to produce a hypersonic anti-tank guided missile for the U.S. Army. Lockheed Martin was the primary contractor. The program was the third in a series of projects based on kinetic energy missiles that stretches back to 1981s Vought HVM through the 1990s LOSAT and finally to the CKEM. The Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) developed this program as part of the Army's Future Combat Systems. This missile was primarily an anti-tank weapon, and could be mounted on land vehicles and low-altitude aircraft. The goal of these weapons was to demonstrate a state-of-the-art system for the next-generation. The program has since been cancelled.


These are the specifications for the missile:

    Length: 1.5 metres (4.9 ft)
    Motor: Solid-fuel rocket
    Max range: 10 kilometres (6.2 mi)
    Max weight: 45 kilograms (99 lb)
    Velocity: Mach 6.5+
    Warhead: Kinetic energy penetrator
    Penetrator energy: 10 megajoules (equivalent to that of a 10-ton truck traveling at 100 mph (161 km/hr))[1]

Program status

    October 2003 – Lockheed Martin receives $21.3 million contract for CKEM Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) phase.[2]
    September 2006 – The CKEM was successfully flight tested against a reinforced urban structure.[3]
    February 2007 – A T-72 tank equipped with Explosive Reactive Armor was successfully engaged using CKEM at a range of 3400 meters. The test took place at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.[4]
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Tevo77777 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Writer
Is this for modification and citation? 
bagera3005 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
IT would have been an awesome missile. :D
Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
The problem is it only works with a direct hit. Current missiles only have to get within a few feet. Also, it seems the weight is very unrealistic for the given range. The Maverick has twice the range stated, but weighs over eight times more. Plus, there's no mention of Hughes. 
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really, I did not know that. :wow:
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