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Lockheed Martin LRASM in new test firing

20th December 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Lockheed Martin has test fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B bomber.

The test - conducted over the sea range at Point Mugu, California - saw the B-1B simultaneously launch two LRASMs against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives including target impact.

LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range. It is intended to meet the requirements of US Navy and US Air Force operating in contested environments.

The missile is intended to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on ISR platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. It has been designed with an enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.

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