Navy Orders More Tests for Anti-Ship Missile

The U.S. Navy just ordered $71 million worth of additional testing for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program.

The $71 million modification contract award to Lockheed Martin will pay for air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities, according to a Lockheed Martin press release.

Under this contract, an additional air-launched LRASM flight test will be conducted from a B-1B bomber in 2013. There are already two air-launched flight tests scheduled for this year as part of the Phase 2 LRASM contract awarded in 2010.

LRASM is in development with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research. It’s an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful JASSM-ER, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters, Lockheed officials maintain.

Armed with a proven penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM cruises autonomously, day or night, in all-weather conditions, the release states. The missile employs a multi-modal sensor, weapon data link, and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

“This contract modification furthers the development of LRASM as we are committed to provide the Navy with an offensive anti-surface weapon alternative that is compatible with multiple platforms,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air-launched program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The contract also includes two surface-launched LRASM flight tests scheduled for 2014. Risk reduction efforts, such as electromagnetic compatibility testing of the missile and follow-on captive carry sensor suite missions, are also included under the contract.

17 Comments on "Navy Orders More Tests for Anti-Ship Missile"

  1. Gonna order an oder for something for that odor…

  2. Wikipedia calls it as VLS compatible, and notes the prime strength of LRASM: "LRASM will be capable of conducting autonomous targeting, relying on on-board targeting systems to independently acquire the target without the presence of prior, precision intelligence, or supporting services like Global Positioning Satellite navigation and data-links"

    So…fire and forget? Scary stuff. And based on a 500 km ranged missile.

    I wonder if it'll be long-ranged and subsonic or shorter ranged and hypersonic?

  3. The JASSM and JASSM-ER are subsonic and fairly long ranged at about 250+ miles for the JASSM and 580+ for the ER variant.

  4. Well its nice that the navy will have a Stealthy anti ship missile BUT its too large for Navy fighters how about a Harpoon missile replacement for F-18s???

  5. This looks like a perfect missile to include into the Super Hornet's already vast arsenal of usable weapons. I hope it's supersonic too. This also looks too big to fit into the F-35C's internal weapons bay though. Anyone know the exact dimensions of the missile?

  6. Should have just bought the JSDF XASM-3 which is scheduled to go into commission in 2016. Short in range but is fast as hell. Much better than the Harpoons.

  7. Hope it can differentiate friend from foe hull forms. Long range is an asset in a known theater of operations, but can backfire if the fleets are in close quarters and not readily identified to the weapon. Over the horizon warfare is full of pitfalls.

  8. Looks like an impressive missile. How about we keep the plans somewhere that the Chinese steal or hack them?

  9. I don not want sound that I don like US Navy BUT why Rusians already have that?
    For sure it is not stelath but is quick :)

  10. And just how many school lunches would this provide?

  11. Sounds like the Chinese are already scoping it out based upon the English of some of the responses here.

  12. A typical F35 strike using these would have 6 F35s with 6 F18s proving air cover, and another 6 F18s carrying LRASM.

    Its remains a mystery what the F35 would do they seem to be just along for the ride.

  13. Not many school lunches except rice and noddles if we lose.

  14. Hmmm. Hope someone is planning to give some anti-ship capability to the toothless LCS.

  15. I like the "day or night" line- like its 1967. I'd HOPE it could work day or night.

    With the modern space technology of RADAR!!

  16. I know a few B-1 drivers that would LOVE to send a few (dozen) ships to the bottom of the sea…. I think thats actually every Airman's wet dream haha.

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