Lockheed Martin has received a $172 million contract from the US Navy and Air Force for a second Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production run.
The contract continues the production for the air-launched variant of LRASM, including a full production run of missiles and engineering support. This is the second of several expected annual production lots for the US Navy and US Air Force.
“LRASM brings a game-changing capability to both the US Air Force and the Navy,” said David Helsel, LRASM director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
“This second production lot will provide anti-ship missiles for both the B-1B and F/A-18E/F.”
Describing the missile on their website, the firm say:
“LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments.
LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.”
LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER).