WHEN IT COMES to missiles, you wouldn’t expect something the size and shape of a collapsed umbrella to rank among the fiercest. Especially when you hear the high-pitched noise it makes when it launches. But Lockheed Martin thinks its Miniature Hit-to-Kill missile could stand guard at military bases, embassies, or anywhere else American forces need defending against everything from rocket attacks to mortar launches to bomb-carrying drones.
Lockheed is one of several defense companies vying for contracts in the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability program, calling for systems to combat artillery, mortar, and rocket threats that threaten military personnel and equipment, as well as civilians. Ideally, systems that also happen to be compact, affordable, precise, and lightning-fast.