First LRASM Air-Launch test completed by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin announced on Monday that it has completed the first successful Air-Launch test of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile.

The test, which was in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research program, took place over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California. A U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas released the test missile.

During the test, the missile was able of navigating through all waypoints, went to autonomous guidance and then flew towards the maritime targets using inputs from the onboard multimodal sensor. It made a positive identification of the target and struck it.

"This is a monumental accomplishment for the LRASM program and paves the way for subsequent missile launches," Mike Fleming, the LRASM air launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "The multi-service and industry team was well-coordinated and operated seamlessly in the execution of this very important test."

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile. It comes from the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range program that was designed to meet the U.S. Air Force and Navy's warfighters needs of a anti-access and area-denial threat environment.

LRASM is armed with a 1,000 pound penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead. It also has a multi-mode sensor, weapon data link and an enhanced digital anti-jam global positioning system.