Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Continue AGM-158C LRASM Integration and Test Program

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Continue AGM-158C LRASM Integration and Test Program
 
Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
     
Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.An AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) model integrated on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Jan. 6 at NAS Patuxent River, Md. The program's flight test team is conducting testing to ensure proper loading, unloading and handling of the LRASM on the F/A-18 E/F. (U.S. Navy photo)
     
“The LRASM team has successfully met all requirements on an accelerated acquisition timeline in an effort to give our warfighters a much-needed robust, anti-ship capability,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “LRASM will give warfighters the ability to engage in previously denied battle environments.”

LRASM was selected as the Increment I solution for the Offensive Anti-surface Warfare (OASuW) program. After a competition in 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency selected Lockheed Martin’s LRASM to provide a demonstration of OASuW air-launched capability to defeat emerging sea-based threats at significant standoff ranges. The success of that demonstration prompted initiation of an accelerated acquisition program, which is now led by the U.S. Navy.
     
Lockheed Martin has received a $321.8 million sole-source contract from the U.S. Navy for the continuation of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integration and test phase. The integration and test contract funds continuation of LRASM flight testing and integration onto the U.S. Air Force B-1B and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F aircraft. LRASM early operational capability for the U.S. Air Force and Navy is expected in 2018 and 2019 respectively.Close up view of the LRASM model (black) fitted on the Super Hornet
     
LRASM is a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile leveraging Lockheed Martin’s successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in an advanced anti-access/area-denial threat environment.

Armed with a proven 1,000-pound penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

To learn more: Link to LRASM Long Range Anti-Ship Missile technical datasheet
 

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