BAE Systems has commenced production of sensor technology for the long range anti-ship missile (LRASM) as part of a $40m contract previously awarded by Lockheed Martin.
The LRASM will employ the sensor to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by complex anti-aircraft systems.
The advanced mid-course sensor technology features BAE Systems’ software and hardware capabilities, which have been specifically optimised for electronic warfare aircraft platforms.
BAE’s precision routing and guidance technology does not rely exclusively on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, networking links, or GPS navigation, which allows the missile to operate effectively in contested domains and all weather conditions, day or night.
BAE Systems LRASM programme manager Joseph Mancini said: “The production of our advanced sensor for LRASM is a testament to the strength of our technology and our ability to transition the capability from airframes to missiles.
“Precision guidance and advanced electronics are areas where we have leading capabilities, and where we can provide warfighters with an advantage on the battlefield.”
Work on the sensor technology will be performed at BAE Systems’ facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Wayne, New Jersey, US.
The LRASM is a next-generation, precision-guided stealth missile capable of semi-autonomously detecting and identifying targeted enemy ships.
It has been designed to meet the needs of the US Navy and Air Force warfighters.
The missile is armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, and employs a multi-modal sensor suite, weapon data link and enhanced digital anti-jam GPS in order to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships at sea.