Army successfully test launched Precision Strike Missile from HIMARS
WASHINGTON - The US Army moved one step closer to the finish line of its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program on Tuesday after officials were able to successfully test-fire a prototype missile developed by aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin.
Defense News reported that the prototype projectile link traveled a distance of roughly 150 miles after being deployed from a US Army High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher. The missile later detonated in a predetermined portion of the New Mexico desert at the White Sands Missile Range.
“Today’s success validates all of the hard work our PrSM team has put into the design and development of this missile,” reads a statement from Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Lockheed’s precision fires and combat maneuver systems.
“This test flight is the most recent success in a long line of product component and sub-component testing successes conducted as part of our proven development discipline to assure total mission success for our US Army customer.”
“We are building reliability into our PrSM at every level. We are confident that our years of demonstrated experience in delivering unmatched precision fires capabilities for our US Army customer and our commitment to ensuring affordability will result in the best PrSM option,” Campbell added.
According to the defense company, the test flight was meant to assess the missile’s interoperability with a HIMARS launcher, as well as its range, accuracy and ability to maintain trajectory.