Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Boosted Test Vehicle (BTV) from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) canister.
During the company-funded test, the MK 41 VLS successfully launched the LRASM BTV. The BTV, which includes the proven Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (VL/ASROC) Mk-114 rocket motor, ignited successfully, penetrated and exited through the canister cover and performed a guided flight profile similar to a tactical configuration.
The flight test was part of an ongoing Lockheed Martin-funded Offensive Anti-Surface Weapon effort, independent of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) LRASM program, focused on shipboard integration of LRASM's surface launched variant.
Building on the recent push-through testing which proved the missile's ability to break through the canister cover with no damage to the missile, the BTV launch is also an important risk reduction milestone critical to demonstrating LRASM's surface launch capability.
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.
"This successful flight test reduces the risk of LRASM and VLS integration," said Scott Callaway, LRASM surface launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The test also validates the Mk-114 rocket motor's capability to launch LRASM and the missile's ability to cleanly exit the canister without damaging the missile coatings or composite structure."
The BTV flight was the first time a Mk-114 rocket motor was used to launch LRASM. The Mk-114 rocket motor is currently deployed as the rocket motor for the VL/ASROC, so this flight test verified that the Mk-114's robust design can be used for heavy payloads with minimal software changes to the Digital Autopilot Controller.
Armed with a proven penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM cruises autonomously, day or night, in all weather conditions. 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.
LRASM is in development with DARPA and the Office of Naval Research. Lockheed Martin's offering has both surface launched and air launched variants to prosecute sea-based targets at significant standoff ranges.
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Lockheed Martins Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) achieved a third air-launched flight test, with the missile performing as expected during low altitude flight. The test, conducted on Feb
Lockheed Martin has won a $20 million modification contract to perform risk reduction and technical maturity efforts associated with the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program. The contractor will execute Systems Requirement Review 2 and support a preliminary design review
Lockheed Martin recently validated that its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be launched from any MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) upon software modification to the existing shipboard equipment. During the company-funded test, LRASM and Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS), MK 41 VLS and Mk-114 booster hardware with modified software executed simulated missions and provided all electrical interfaces and data transfers needed to prepare and launch LRASMs
BAE Systems has won a $19 million modification contract for MK 41 vertical launching system canister production requirements. Production requirements will include 89 MK 21 MOD 3 (SM-6) canisters, coding plug assemblies, explosive bolts, and impulse cartridge assemblies
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