The US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) has completed the third and final flight demonstration at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, completing all set objectives.
The test of next-generation long-range missile was carried out by Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor in the program.
The series of flights, taking place in December 2019, March and April this year, are part of the technology maturation and risk reduction phase of the program.
PrSM was fired from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launcher and flew approximately 85 kilometers to the target area, culminating in a highly accurate and lethal warhead event, the company said.
“Today’s PrSM test, a highly stressful short-range shot, represents the third successful flight test proving the effectiveness, survivability and reliability of the tactical baseline missile,” said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of precision fires and combat maneuver systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Test objectives included confirming flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to warhead event, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS launcher integration and overall missile performance.
Last month, the success of PrSM’s test flights, program execution and overall performance resulted in Lockheed Martin earning the privilege to move to the next phase and continue maturation of the next-generation long-range precision fires solution for the US Army.
“We’ve validated the design and performance of our baseline tactical missile and are already working with our army partner on engineering design testing, production readiness and fielding requirements to support the future needs of the Soldier,” Campbell said.
The next-generation precision-strike, surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralizing, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield and gives field artillery units a new long-range capability while supporting brigade, division, corps, army, theater, joint and coalition forces.