U.S. Army’s Precision Strike Missile Completes Shortest-Range Flight Test

In its short-range flight, the missile navigates hypersonic speeds, facing demanding conditions to align with the target.
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  • 07:41 AM, November 17, 2023
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U.S. Army’s Precision Strike Missile Completes Shortest-Range Flight Test
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Lockheed Martin has completed U.S. Army Precision Strike Missile's shortest-range flight test at White Sands Missile Range.

One Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) was fired from a HIMARS launcher to hit a target set. The test is the shortest distance flown to date demonstrating the system’s continued accuracy from launch to impact. While not PrSM’s primary mission range, the short-range flight represents the most stressful, dynamic environment for the missile as it maneuvers at hypersonic speeds to align to the target. This test verifies structural integrity of the missile and trajectory control.

“This demonstration is the first of several production qualification tests moving PrSM closer to fielding and delivery of Early Operational Capability (EOC) missiles this year,” said Jay Price, vice president of Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The test follows a third production contract to produce additional EOC missiles awarded in September 2023.

PrSM is the U.S. Army’s next generation long-range precision strike missile capable of neutralizing targets out to more than 400 kilometers. The new surface-to-surface weapon features an open systems architecture design for maximum affordability and flexibility, is modular for future growth and is HIMARS and M270 compatible.

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