Dual long-range anti-ship missiles complete test

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Lockheed Martin has successfully fired two production representative (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B.

The pair of Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) were released over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California on a flight from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

The missiles navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and flew toward the moving maritime target using inputs from the onboard sensors. The missiles then positively identified the intended target and impacted successfully.

“The success of this second dual-LRASM test event speaks volumes,” said David Helsel, LRASM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “As LRASM moves toward early operational fielding for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, the weapon system continues to demonstrate critical capabilities that our warfighters need.”

LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range. It is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force warfighters in contested environments.

The missiles are designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by using technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in contested environments. LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.

The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the US Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare requirement and is to be integrated onboard the US Air Force’s B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.

May 25, 2018

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