The USAF launches the first long-range anti-ship missile

(To Tiziano Ciocchetti)

The Long Range Anti Ship Missile (LRASM) has achieved the Early Operational Capability (EOC) and is therefore operational on board the strategic B-1B LANCER bombers, which can carry up to 24 inside the three bays.

Built by the division Missiles and Fire Control of Lockheed Martin, is credited with a range of 550 / 600 Km, low radar tracking and high accuracy. Derived from the AGM-158B JASSM-ER air-to-surface missile (Join Air-to-Surface Missile Standoff - Extended Range), from which it differs in seeker, in the driving system (it would seem that the seeker, multimodal, has an IIR channel and one of the RF type passive / active) and in the propulsion system.

It also has an ability to acquire the autonomous target, with a datalink two-way satellite, resistant to jamming, and that allows him to communicate directly with the launching platform.

In the coming months the new missile will also be operational with the US Navy for use on board the F / A-18E SUPER HORNET, capable of transporting 8 devices.

Photo: Lockheed Martin