Lockheed Martin LRASM next generation anti-ship missile
AUSA (which was held from 21 to 23 October 2013 in Washington D.C, click
here to see the coverage by Army Recognition) is a land warfare
focused exhibition, but when we learned that a Lockheed Martin representative
involved in the LRASM program was attending the event, we couldn't pass
the opportunity to meet with the person and get an update on the future
U.S. Navy and Air Force anti-ship missile.
Our interview with Frank St. John, Vice President, Tactical Missiles,
Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin, on the LRASM anti-ship missile
during AUSA 2013
(Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship
standoff missile leveraging the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff
Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet
the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters.
LRASM is in development with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
(DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research. Lockheed Martin’s offering
has both surface-launched and air-launched variants to prosecute sea-based
targets at significant standoff ranges.
Lockheed Martin LRASM - Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (Artist Impression:
U.S. Air Force already conducted several
tests with the LRASM onboard B-1 bombers. Ultimately a B-1B
could carry up to 24 LRASM as it is currently capable of carrying 24
JASSM-ER. This would make the B-1B the most potent ASUW platform in
the U.S. Air Force. As far as the U.S. Navy is concerned, the Super
Hornet will be the main airborne platform to deploy the next generation
anti-ship missile. We were told during AUSA that F-35 Lightning II could
certainly deploy the missile, but would not be able to carry it internally
because of the size of the LRASM.
have begun to launch the LRASM from Mk41 Vertical Launch System
cells. This type of VLS is widely used across the U.S. Navy fleet of
destroyers and cruisers.
LRASM comes with a revolutionary sensor made by BAE Systems. The sensor
is designed for situations where access to the airspace is made difficult
for Allied Forces by the enemy. The sensor uses advanced electronic
technologies to detect targets within a complex signal environment,
and then calculates precise target locations for the missile control
LRASM live launch testing from VLS is scheduled for mid-year 2014. LRASM
air-launched testing will continue next year with flights from the B-1B.
F/A-18 Super Hornet integration and testing will be part of a future