14 December, 2017: Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company successfully fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B bomber.
During the test over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, B-1B aircrew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives, including target impact.
"This continued success with LRASM provides confidence in its upcoming early operational capability milestone, putting a proven, unmatched munition into the US Navy and US Air Force inventories," said David Helsel, LRASM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The successful flight demonstrates LRASM's continued ability to strengthen sea control for our forces."
LRASM detects and destroys specific targets within groups of ships by employing highly developed technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. LRASM will play an important role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing that to its improved ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.