WEAPONS Dave Majumdar Washington DC
"It is the first time we've taken a sensor suite of this sort and integrated it into a closed-loop system of the missile so it can autonomously detect, track and engage the threat," says
A first flight test was conducted from a US Air Force Boeing B-1 bomber on 27 August. Prior to the launch,
The new sensors were then integrated into a Lockheed AGM-158B JASSM-ER cruise missile, which provides the underlying system for the LRASM design.
"Essentially what we have done is taken a basic waypoint-following cruise missile concept and added brains to it," Mabbett says.
Follow-on activity will focus on a surface-launched variant of the weapon, with the USN also having a significant interest in a submarine-launched version. Ultimately, LRASM will be among the contenders for the service's nascent offensive anti-surface warfare effort, Mabbett says.
The long-range anti-ship missile was test-launched on 27 August
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