Lockheed Martin’s PrSM completes 400km flight test with US Army
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Lockheed Martin’s PrSM completes 400km flight test with US Army

13 May 2021 (Last Updated May 14th, 2021 11:24)

Lockheed Martin’s PrSM conducted first of three 400km flight tests that will be held with the US Army this year.

Lockheed Martin and the US Army have conducted a 400km flight test of the next-generation, long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

It is the fourth consecutive flight test carried out after the three Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) demonstrations held last year.

Under the Enhanced TMRR (ETMRR) phase, the flight test is the first of three demonstrations to be performed this year.

PrSM was fired from a high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) launcher towards its target area. It flew to its destination as expected and showcased its performance and precision.

According to the company, the flight test is aimed at confirming the flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to impact, as well as warhead lethality.

HIMARS integration and overall missile performance were also included as part of the test objectives.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Precision Fires vice-president Gaylia Campbell said: “PrSM accomplished all of the army’s test objectives again today in its longest flight yet.

“The missile’s impressive performance to date reflects the dedication of the joint-industry PrSM team to advance this capability with speed, efficiency and precision.”

The remaining ETMRR flights are scheduled for the second half of this year and will include a maximum range flight demonstration.

PrSM missile would also take part in the US Army’s Project Convergence this autumn.

Designed as a surface-to-surface weapon system, PrSM will deliver improved capabilities for attacking, neutralising, suppressing as well as destroying targets at depth on the battlefield.

Furthermore, it provides a new long-range capability to the field artillery units and supports brigade, division, corps, army, theatre, joint and coalition forces.

Last August, Lockheed Martin won a contract worth $183m from the US Army to produce HIMARS launchers and associated hardware.