BAE Systems has begun production of its sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following a USD 40 million order from prime contractor Lockheed Martin, the company said.
The sensor enables the missile to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by sophisticated anti-aircraft systems. The missile´s range, survivability, and lethality capabilities are designed to help warfighters more effectively conduct missions in denied environments from beyond the reach of return fire â meeting a pressing need for both the US Navy and US Air Force.
LRASM is a next-generation, precision-guided stealth missile capable of semi-autonomously detecting and identifying targeted enemy ships. The precision routing and guidance technology of the sensor â which doesn´t rely exclusively on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, networking links, or GPS navigation â enables the missile to operate effectively in contested domains and all weather conditions, day or night.
Work on the sensor technology will be conducted at BAE Systems´ facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Wayne, New Jersey.