Lockheed’s LRASM completes second flight test

17 November 2013 (Last Updated November 17th, 2013 18:30)

Lockheed Martin's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed its second flight test off the sea range at Point Mugu, California, US.

Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)

Lockheed Martin's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed its second flight test off the sea range at Point Mugu, California, US.

During the testing, conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) programme, the LRASM, which has been launched from US Air Force's (USAF) B-1B bomber aircraft, navigated through all planned waypoints receiving in-flight targeting updates from the Weapon Data Link.

The LRASM precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile has been developed by Lockheed and is based on joint air-to-surface standoff missile-extended range (JASSM-ER).

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control LRASM air launch programme manager Mike Fleming said the second flight test further demonstrates the LRASM's maturity and capabilities.

"The new sensors and legacy JASSM-ER components all performed well during the flight and the missile impacted the target as planned."

"The new sensors and legacy JASSM-ER components all performed well during the flight and the missile impacted the target as planned," Fleming said.

Designed to meet the US Navy and Air Force troops' needs in a robust anti-access / area-denial threat environment, the LRASM features a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam global positioning system to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

Armed with a 1,000-pound penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM can cruise autonomously, day or night, in all weather conditions.

The US military will use the LRASM technology to reduce dependence on intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in aggressive electronic warfare environments.


Image: A Lockheed Martin-built LRASM. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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