The US Army has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the new surface-to-surface missile known as DeepStrike.
Developed by Raytheon, the DeepStrike missile fulfils the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement.
It is being developed to serve as a replacement for the current Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which was designed in the 1970s and is nearing the end of its service life.
During the PDR, the new missile was evaluated on all of its characteristics, including advanced propulsion system, lethality package and guidance system.
US Army Precision Fires, Rocket and Missile Systems programme manager Chris Mills said: “Completion of Raytheon’s PrSM preliminary design review helps us accelerate development and fielding of this high priority army programme. We are now ready to move to test and integration activities that will lead to a demonstration of PrSM’s new capabilities.”
Raytheon said that the long-range precision strike missile will move ahead with the first flight tests later this year.
With an ability to target threats at 60km to 499km away, DeepStrike missile is more forceful and can fly long distances rapidly when compared to ATACMS.
Featuring two-in-the-pod design and integrated with several other advanced technologies, the missile can be upgraded to meet future requirements of the troops.
In June 2017, the US Army awarded a $116.4m contract to Raytheon for the development of the long-range DeepStrike missile for the long-range precision fires programme.
Last year, the company carried out the launch pod missile container integration into the army’s M270 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and M142 high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS).