Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control conducted the second consecutive flight test of its candidate next-generation surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on 10 March.
Fired from an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher, the prototype missile (similarly designated Precision Strike Missile - PrSM), “flew a nominal trajectory about 180 km to the target area, culminating in a highly accurate and lethal warhead event,” according to a Lockheed Martin statement. “Test objectives included confirming the missile’s flight trajectory, range, and accuracy from launch to warhead event, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS launcher integration and overall missile performance,” the statement noted.
Lockheed Martin conducted the initial test of its prototype Precision Strike Missile solution on 10 December 2019 at White Sands Missile Range. During that test, the surface-to-surface missile was fired from a HIMARS launcher and flew about 240 km to the target area.
“This second consecutive successful flight test of Lockheed Martin’s PrSM validates our missile technology and confidence that Lockheed Martin is uniquely positioned to deliver this important, cost-effective capability to meet our US Army customer’s priorities,” Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control noted.
“We are now on track for our third flight test in May as part of the Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the programme. The next flight test will further demonstrate PrSM’s capabilities and reliability,“ Campbell told Jane’s .
“Moving forward, we will remain steadfast and focused on meeting the Army’s requirements, increasing efficiency, and ensuring the highest level of quality as we approach the Army’s decision to identify its sole-source PrSM provider,” she added.
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