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US Army conducts second Precision Strike Missile test launch

Precision Strike Missile
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The US Army has carried out a second test launch of its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) at the White Sands Missile Range.

According to Lockheed Martin, the missile developer, the next-generation long-range missile achieved all objectives following its inaugural flight last December.

PrSM was fired from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher and flew a nominal trajectory approximately 180 kilometers to the target area, culminating in an accurate warhead event.

“Today’s flight test further demonstrated the reliability, precision and critical capabilities Lockheed Martin is building into the PrSM,” said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The missile performed exactly as expected and successfully engaged the target with pinpoint accuracy.”

Test objectives included confirming the missile’s flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to warhead event, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS launcher integration and overall missile performance.

“This second consecutive successful flight test of Lockheed Martin’s PrSM validates our missile technology and confidence that Lockheed Martin is uniquely positioned to deliver this important, cost-effective capability to meet our US Army customer’s priorities,” Campbell said.

The next-generation precision-strike, surface-to-surface weapon system is expected to deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralizing, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield and give field artillery units a new long-range capability while supporting brigade, division, corps, army, theater, joint and coalition forces.

Also launched from the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), PrSM is expected to have a range of over 400 kilometers and is scheduled to achieve initial operational capability in fiscal year 2023.