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Lockheed Martin has test-fired its long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) for the fifth time at the US Army’s Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in California, US.

The missile was fired from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher. It flew an extended range mission over the Pacific Ocean.

This is the longest flight so far that exceed the maximum threshold and moves the missile towards early operating capability (EOC) in 2023.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Tactical Missiles vice-president Paula Hartley said: “The Precision Strike Missile continues to validate range and performance requirements.

“Achieving this long-range milestone for the baseline missile demonstrates PrSM’s capability to meet our customer’s modernisation priorities on a rapid timeline.”

The latest flight test follows two US Army contract awards issued last month for EOC production and engineering and manufacturing development. The contracts further the missile to the PrSM programme’s next phase.

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Hartley added: “We are also working closely with our army partners to develop and integrate future incremental capabilities.”

The PrSM is a next-generation precision-strike, surface-to-surface weapon system and will deliver improved capabilities to attack, neutralise, suppress and destroy targets at depth on the battlefield.

According to the company, the flight is the second of the three demonstrations scheduled to take place this year.

The demonstrations are part of the enhanced technology maturation and risk reduction phase of the development programme.

Lockheed Martin noted that the next flight will take place later this year as part of the US Army’s Project Convergence 21 demonstrations.

The PrSM test missile was manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s new long-range Precision Fires facility in Camden, in the US state of Arkansas.

In March last year, Lockheed test-fired its long-range PrSM for the second time at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, US.