Raytheon to continue LRPF work
Raytheon has secured a $116.4 million contract from the US Army to begin work on the technological maturation and risk reduction phase of the Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) programme, the company announced on 12 June.
LRPF aims to replace the Army Tactical Missile System with a new, longer-range surface-to-surface weapon that can defeat fixed land targets out to 499km.
Called DeepStrike, Raytheon's LRPF will fire two missiles from a single weapons pod, boost range over current systems by more than 40 percent, and will offer the army the capability to implement future upgrades to increase its versatility for future battlefield requirements.
Work under the phase will include testing missile components to ensure the design is ready for engineering and manufacturing development and live-fire demonstrations by the end of 2019.
Thomas Bussing, VP of Raytheon's advanced missile systems product line, said: ‘Raytheon can develop, test and field this new capability and deliver it to the army ahead of current expectations to replace aging weapons. LRPF gives soldiers on the battlefield overmatch capability against adversaries.’
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