WASHINGTON – In the United States, another test of a new military missile system being developed as part of the Precision Strike Missile program took place at a test site in Arizona. A Lockheed Martin ground-based missile flew 499.2 km during the tests, after which telemetry was lost, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing sources in the US Army.
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According to General Mike Murray, who heads the Army Futures Command program, the new missile was able to fly almost 500 km, according to the resource Breaking Defense.
“We say 499 (km) plus – we lost telemetry at 499.2 km. So we’re sure we’ve covered 499 km and might have flown if we hadn’t lost telemetry,” he said at a briefing.
It will be recalled that PrSM should replace the existing missiles for ground systems, which are in service with the US Army and have a range of up to 300 km.
This system began to be developed in 2017. Initially, its range was limited by the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium-Range and Short-Range Missiles, which prohibited the United States and Russia from developing surface-to-air missiles with a range of more than 500 km. However, after the US withdrew from the Treaty in 2019, the military wanted more far-reaching PrSM models.
Lockheed Martin development is planned to be launched from the well-known Army ground systems High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). Each such MLRS will be able to carry four PrSM missiles.
According to preliminary plans, in the future, the range of the Precision Strike Missile system should increase to 1.8 thousand km. The first 20 new missiles are expected to be in service with the US Army in 2023, and in total, under this program, the Pentagon plans to purchase 2.4 thousand missiles.
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