First LRASM Captive-Carry Flight Tests Conducted

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    U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin Conduct First LRASM Captive-Carry Flights on F/A-18E/F

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    Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) prototype captive-carry flight tests on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The flights were conducted at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland.

    “The LRASM airworthiness flights on the Super Hornet put us one step closer to fielding this urgently needed capability for our warfighters,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The flight data acquired validates the LRASM system design and clears the way for the test program to continue.”

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    We need a surface-launched VLS version of the LRASM pronto. The Harpoon and Tomahawk are not adequate in any way when faced with modern air defenses. The PLAN are commissioning a whole bunch Type 52Ds (64 VLS) per year with HQ-9s and the Russians are putting the S-400 on some of their new frigates and backfitting the Kirovs with some.

    Unfortunately we will probably have to wait until the mid 2020s until the OASuW II competition is finished. Sad.
     
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    They are saving money by developing cheap yet effective anti ship missiles and with relatively cheap air defense systems to counter our naval air forces. As you said we to make sure that we have the proper capabilities to take out their ships before they can do damage to us, especially to our aircraft carriers.
     
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