Lockheed Martin has decided to withdraw its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from the US Navy competition to arm the Littoral Combat Ship and frigate, company officials confirmed to the UK Defence Journal.
According to a Lockheed Martin spokesperson in an e-mail:
“After long and careful consideration, Lockheed Martin has decided to withdraw from the U.S. Navy Over-the-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) competition. As the current OTH-WS Request for Proposal process refined over time, it became clear that our offering would not be fully valued. Lockheed Martin remains a committed industry partner and looks forward to future opportunities to deliver superior combat power to the Surface Navy.
Our decision to no-bid the Over-the-Horizon Weapon System competition doesn’t impact the U.S. Navy’s air-launched offensive anti-surface warfare (OASuW) Increment 1, which is a program of record. We will continue to partner with the Navy on this critical program.
If additional changes are made to the RFP, Lockheed Martin would review the new requirements and assess whether our capability would be a good fit to meet the U.S. Navy’s needs, as we would with any RFP.”
Scott Callaway, director of Advanced Sub-sonic Cruise Missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said:
“Lockheed Martin strongly believes that we have an offering of significant value, which the Navy is already familiar with in the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Capability Air-Launched program of record. We will continue our investment in the maturation of the surface launch LRASM capabilities for future competitions where survivability, long range, and lethality against the most capable adversary ships drive the requirements.
On the heels of our recent successful at-sea Vertical Launching System demonstration, our Topside Launcher flight test this summer designed for non-VLS applications, will further demonstrate the flexibility and versatility of LRASM for the surface fleet.
Lockheed Martin understands how critical this capability is to the Navy, particularly given the Surface Navy’s return to sea control through the Distributed Lethality concept of operations.”
With Lockheed and Boeing out of the competition the only remaining contender is the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile.