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Lockheed demonstrates long-range PrSM capability

The prime’s precision strike missile has been tested for the fourth time, completing its longest flight thus far.

The prime’s precision strike missile has been tested for the fourth time, completing its longest flight thus far.

Lockheed Martin’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) has completed its fourth consecutive flight test before the US Army at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

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The PrSM was fired from a HIMARS launcher, travelling 400 kilometres to the target area — the longest flight demonstration.

Lockheed’s test objectives were to confirm flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to impact, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS integration and overall missile performance.

“PrSM accomplished all of the Army’s test objectives again today in its longest flight yet,” Gaylia Campbell, vice president of precision fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said.

“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 400-kilometre flight was the first of three demonstrations expected to take place this year as part of the Enhanced Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) phase of the development program.

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This followed three TMRR demonstrations which took place last year.

Lockheed Martin is scheduled to conduct additional ETMRR flights in the second half of 2021, including a maximum range flight test and participation in the US Army’s Project Convergence.

The PrSM is designed to deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralising, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield, while also providing field artillery units to support brigade, division, corps, army, theatre, joint and coalition forces.

[Related: Lockheed Martin Australia/NZ appoints new CEO]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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