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Lockheed Martin’s candidate for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme achieved a successful first flight at White Sands Missile Range, NM, the company announced on 10 December.

All test objectives were achieved during the flight test, which was conducted from a Lockheed Martin High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher at a range-to-target of approx. 240km. Test objectives included confirming the missile's flight trajectory performance, range and accuracy from launch to warhead event, validating all interfaces with the HIMARS launcher and testing system software performance.

“Today's success validates all of the hard work our PrSM team has put into the design and development of this missile," said Gaylia Campbell, Vice President of Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems. "This test flight is the most recent success in a long line of product component and sub-component testing successes, conducted as part of our proven development discipline to assure total mission success for our US Army customer."

"We are building reliability into our PrSM at every level," said Campbell. "We are confident that our years of demonstrated experience in delivering unmatched Precision Fires capabilities for our US Army customer and our commitment to ensuring affordability will result in the best PrSM option."

The next-generation precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralizing, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield and will give field artillery units a new long-range capability, while supporting brigade, division, corps, army, theatre, joint and Coalition forces.

A HIMARS launcher firing during Northern Strike 19 in Michigan in July 2019 – a US Army National Guard exercise. (Photo: US Army National Guard)

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