U.S. Army completed the final test of a next-generation precision-guided missile
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The U.S. Army completed the final test of next-generation precision-guided hypersonic missile created by Locckheed Martin, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The US Army hopes to replace its Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) with weapons that have a range previously prohibited under the treaty.
Gail Campbell, vice president of precision fire and combat maneuver systems, says today’s PrSM test is a short-range shot. It is the third successful flight test, proving the effectiveness, survivability and reliability of a tactical base missile.
The missile was launched by the High Mobility Artillery Missile System (HIMARS) at the White Sands missile test site in New Mexico. She flew about 85 km to the target area, demonstrating “high accuracy and lethality.” The test was conducted as a demonstration of the capabilities of next-generation weapons at short range. Previous tests examined PrSM on the target ranges of 240 km and 180 km.
All goals were achieved during the third and final flight demonstration as part of the Risk Reduction program phase. The army does not plan PrSM to deploy until 2023. Lockheed Martin’s base rocket will have a number of improvements. They will be added to increase its lethality and range.
General John Rafferty said PrSM should be universal. Opportunities directed against long-range artillery and integrated air defense systems. A missile gives you the opportunity to pursue mini-goals.
Since the INF Treaty between Russia and the United States is no longer associated with Washington withdrawing from the agreement in August 2019, it is expected that the United States will increase the maximum range of PRSM after the previously banned 499-kilometer mark.
But at the moment, the army is looking to further reduce the range of the target in the next flight test in order to better understand the characteristics of the weapon. Lockheed Martin will move on to the next phase of the program and conduct three more trials.
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