US aerospace and defense firm Lockheed Martin was awarded a $ 62 million contract for the next phase of development of the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM).
According to the US Department of Defense, the contract requires the company to facilitate the engineering and manufacture of the weapon system after its final flight tests have all been declared successful.
The defense company will also be responsible for preparing the weapon for manufacturing, system qualification, and initial operational tests and evaluations.
“This important step is the next step towards the commissioning of PrSM”, Business Development Director of Lockheed Martin Becky withrow Recount Break the defense. “PrSM continues to meet performance requirements and we look forward to continuing this in the next phase of development. “
Lockheed is expected to work on the next stage of missile development in Texas. The estimated completion date is April 2025.
About the Precision Strike missile
The army’s new PrSM weapon system will replace the Cold War era army tactical missile system, which can only hit targets up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) away. The US military says the new missile will have a maximum range of 500 kilometers (310 miles).
The system has an open systems architecture designed for maximum flexibility. It is also highly compatible with the MLRS M270 and the HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) family of launchers.
Earlier this year, the military conducted a PrSM test firing at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. He traveled approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles), the distance between New York and Rochester, New York.
“The PrSM was fired from a HIMARS launcher and it flew with the expected precision to the target area where it once again demonstrated a very precise and efficient warhead event,” said the Lockheed official. Gaylia campbell Recount journalists in May.
Once the engineering and manufacturing of the PrSM is completed, the military said it will immediately look to upgrade the system for better hitting accuracy of moving targets.