The US Air Force’s (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber has successfully carried out the test firing of two production representative long-range anti-ship missiles (LRASMs).
Developed by Lockheed Martin, the two LRASMs were launched in the US over the Point Mugu Sea Range, California, by the USAF B-1B bomber from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Once fired, the missiles travelled through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and navigated toward the moving maritime target using inputs from the on-board sensors.
Following this, the pair of LRASMs ‘positively’ identified the intended target and successfully hit it.
Designed based on the joint air-to-surface standoff missile extended range, the LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile that has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of USAF and US Navy troops in challenging environments.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control LRASM programme director David Helsel said: “The success of this second dual-LRASM test event speaks volumes.
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“As LRASM moves toward early operational fielding for the US Air Force and US Navy, the weapon system continues to demonstrate critical capabilities that our warfighters need.”
LRASM is capable of identifying and destroying specific targets within groups of vessels by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in remote areas.
With its increased ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges, the missile will ensure military access to operate in open waters.
In service with the USAF since 1985, the Boeing-built B-1B Lancer is a long-range, multi-mission, supersonic conventional bomber.