The US Air Force (USAF) has successfully tested a production-configuration of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from its B-1B bomber, thereby successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives.
During the test, the bomber from the 337th Test Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Texas, launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California.
Developed by Lockheed Martin, LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER).
The missile has been designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by using advanced technologies that help minimise dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control LRASM programme director David Helsel said: “LRASM has now proven itself in six consecutive flight missions.
“The reliability and outstanding capability of LRASM will provide an unmatched weapon to our warfighters in their quest for sea control in contested environments.”
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Featuring improved capability to discriminate and carry out tactical engagements from extended ranges, the anti-ship missile is expected to play a major role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean / blue waters.
Designed to address the requirements of the USAF and the US Navy warfighters in challenging environments, the LRASM is to be integrated on to the air force’s B-1B bomber this year and on the Navy’s F/A-18E/F multirole fighter aircraft next year.