Lockheed Martin’s next-gen missile breaks new record

Security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin announced that its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) completed its longest flight to date, exceeding maximum threshold, with the U.S. Army.

The company stated that this marks the fifth consecutive successful flight test for the missile.

Firing from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launcher, the PrSM flew an extended range mission over the Pacific Ocean.

“The PrSM continues to validate range and performance requirements,” said Paula Hartley, vice president of Tactical Missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Achieving this long-range milestone for the baseline missile demonstrates PrSM’s capability to meet our customer’s modernization priorities on a rapid timeline.”

The success comes on the heels of two U.S. Army contract awards issued in September for Early Operational Capability (EOC) production and Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) advancing the missile to the next phase of the PrSM program. 

Lockheed Martin noted that it is working alongside the U.S. Army to optimize this next-gen system for the future – in everything from production to enhanced capabilities. 

“Implementing digital tools such as augmented reality, advanced modeling and sim, machine learning/data analytics, and software factory to streamline efforts has helped accelerate PrSM’s development program with speed, agility and efficiency,” the company added. 

The flight is the second of three demonstrations taking place this year as part of the Enhanced Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) phase of the development program. 

The next flight is scheduled this fall as part of the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence 21.

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