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Raytheon tests advanced warhead for DeepStrike

24th May 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon has successfully tested an advanced warhead for the new DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile, the company announced on 22 May.

The test moves the weapon closer to its first flight test planned for later in 2019.

The DeepStrike missile is Raytheon's offering for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme. PrSM will replace the Army Tactical Missile System, which is approaching the end of its service life.

During the arena test, experts at the National Technical Systems testing facility detonated the warhead inside a controlled environment and determined it exceeds army performance requirements based on the mass and distribution of fragments.

DeepStrike features two-in-the-pod design, and can defeat fixed land targets at ranges of 60-499kms.

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