posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 08:31 PM
The first test flight of the LRASM anti-ship missile occurred on August 27th near Point Mugu. The missile is based on the AGM-158 JASSM-ER.
The missile flies initially at medium altitude, before it drops down to low altitude to drive into the target. It uses INS and GPS for initial
navigation, and an IR seeker for pinpoint accuracy. The missile is reported to be highly jamming resistant and can operate in contested or degraded
During this test the missile flew a programmed route until about halfway to the target, when it switched to an autonomous route using its own systems.
There were three objects in the target area, it correctly identified the proper target, and hit it (an unmoving 80 meter vessel).
The missile is capable of either an air launch or launch from a MK41 VLS system used on ships and submarines.
The brand new LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) based on the AGM-158 JASSM-ER (Extended Range) missile was successfully tested at the Point
Mugu range, in California, recently
The prototype of a stealth anti-ship missile was first tested on Aug. 27, 2013, even if DARPA released the news some days later.
Along with its ability to be launched from aircraft, the missile will be compatible with Mk41 Vertical Launch System used by surface warships and
The tripartite research is carried out together by DARPA, USAF and US Navy’s Office of Naval Research, with Lockheed Martin being the manufacturer
of the weapon.
The rocket was tested using a Dyess Air Force B-one (“Bone”), from 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron.