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02:52 PM, September 24, 2014
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The Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado successfully live fired Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California Tuesday.

The missile was launched from the deck of Coronado and scored a direct hit on its intended target, a mobile ship target (MST).

The Kongsberg NSM is a long range precision strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets.

Testing took place on board the Navy's newest littoral combat ship to show the LCS' ability to readily accept new weapons systems as part of the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program.

"We view this successful missile test as a possible future warfighting capability for the LCS program," said Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces.

"Both classes of the LCS are based on modular design concepts. This allows for the integration of weapons and sensors like the Kongsberg NSM technology as part of the LCS warfare suite," Rowden said.

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