Lockheed's next-gen naval missile scores direct hit in first test
Lockheed Martin Corp.'s latest next-generation missile for the Navy recently scored a direct hit in its first flight test over a missile range in the Pacific Ocean, the company said late Monday.
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile – developed by Lockheed's Missiles & Fire Control in Orlando – was fired by an Air Force B-1B bomber over the Sea Range at Point Mugu – the Navy's largest over-water missile test range, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, officials said.
After navigating the medium-altitude course obstacles, the advanced missile, known as LRAS, soared into low altitude, homed in on the maritime target and guided itself to the direct him, Lockheed said.
The company called it a "major milestone" for the LRAS effort – a program potentially worth $145 million to Lockheed in Orlando. In March, the company received a deal worth $71 million to conduct the flight tests and other development work related to the new naval-combat missile.
The LRAS is being designed to extend the standoff range and accuracy of the Navy's missile arsenal to dominate any projected enemy capabilities of the future, military officials say.
The program is a joint effort of the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
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