Strongly Desired Military Missile Still in Testing

The U.S. Navy is pushing for DARPA and Lockheed Martin to get their Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, off the ground sooner than later.


LRASM is designed to “operate in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments featuring robust antimissile defense and fierce electronic warfare,” according to DARPA.


“In particular, when the electromagnetic environment gets too hot for remote controllers to effectively guide LRASM to its target,” explains The Motley Fool, LRASM is instructed “to switch to operating off ‘autonomous guidance algorithms’ to find its target.”


The Motley Fool reports that “weapons testing is ongoing, and at last report, the Navy was still hoping to get its missiles by 2018 -- or perhaps sooner, given the extra budgetary funding. […] But the Air Force doesn't plan to begin deploying them aboard B-1B bombers before late 2018 -- and the same Navy that is clamoring for the missile says it won't put them on its F/A-18 fighter jets before 2019.”

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