L M Completes Captive Carry Tests with Long Range Anti-Ship Missile

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Lockheed Martin Completes Captive Carry Tests with LRASM


Lockheed Martin recently completed a series of Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) captive carry flight tests at the Sea Range in Point Mugu, Calif., advancing the research program toward its first missile release and free flight test later this year.

The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The primary mission objectives were to collect telemetry for post-flight analysis, verify proper control room telemetry displays and simulate all the test activities that will occur in later air-launched flight tests. All test objectives were met.

"Collecting telemetry data while flying in the B-1B bomb bay significantly reduces risk ahead of the first launch," said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Initial assessments indicate the missile performed as expected."

The LRASM program is in development with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research. After a competition in 2009, Lockheed Martin's LRASM was selected to demonstrate air- and surface-launched capability to defeat emerging sea-based threats at significant standoff ranges.

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in a robust anti-access/area-denial threat environment.

Armed with a proven 1,000-lb. penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships
 

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Subsonic, can be beaten.

Let see when the US manages to operationalize a supersonic ASM platform that is credible. The Russian Onyx system is pushing 20 years in service and the Americans have nothing equivalent. Well, 20 years back they may not have needed it because there was no navy that was a threat to them. Today there are many navies that are a threat, including fringe navies like the Iran that have good offensive systems even though with limited range.
 

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Subsonic, can be beaten.

Let see when the US manages to operationalize a supersonic ASM platform that is credible. The Russian Onyx system is pushing 20 years in service and the Americans have nothing equivalent. Well, 20 years back they may not have needed it because there was no navy that was a threat to them. Today there are many navies that are a threat, including fringe navies like the Iran that have good offensive systems even though with limited range.
The supersonic program LRASM-B was cancelled.

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The LRASM is based on the AGM-158B JASSM-ER, but incorporates a multi-mode radio frequency sensor, a new weapon datalink and altimeter, and an uprated power system. It has a reduced range than the JASSM-ER, similar to that of the original JASSM. It can be directed to attack enemy ships by its launch platform, receive updates via its datalink, or use onboard sensors to find its target. LRASM will fly towards its target at medium altitude then drop to low altitude for a sea skimming approach to counter anti-missile defenses.
Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)
 

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I believe a supersonic Anti Shipping Missile will be a huge technical challenge because the modern day ships travel at a speed of 30 or more knots and maneuvering a missile in that high speed is very difficult. Not sure is Russia has any such missile under development"¦
 

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I believe a supersonic Anti Shipping Missile will be a huge technical challenge because the modern day ships travel at a speed of 30 or more knots and maneuvering a missile in that high speed is very difficult. Not sure is Russia has any such missile under development"¦
From the DARPA link I posted:

The LRASM program aims to reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links, and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. Autonomous guidance algorithms should allow the LRASM to use less-precise target cueing data to pinpoint specific targets in the contested domain. The program also focuses on innovative terminal survivability approaches and precision lethality in the face of advanced counter measures.
 

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Lockheed Martin Awarded
LRASM Contract


ARLINGTON, Va. — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for accelerated acquisition of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). The company was awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive- fee contract on July 2 for an amount not to exceed $200 million, of which $33 million was obligated with the contract award. LRASM is a subsonic, autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile that is a derivative of the Air Force's AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range. It will be deployed on Navy F/ A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and Air Force B-1B bombers, and also is being adapted for launch from the vertical launch systems on board Navy ships. Equipped with a multimode sensor developed by BAE Systems, the LRASM is designed to operate in a degraded navigation environment. The missile is equipped with a data link for midcourse guidance and with an anti-jam Global Positioning System. The LRASM is designed to hit a particular ship within a group of ships and destroy or disable it with its warhead. Work on the contract is expected to be completed in July 2016.
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