U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

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Lockheed Martin conducted a flight test of the Army's Precision Strike Missile in May 2021. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
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Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) completed its longest flight to date, exceeding maximum threshold, with the U.S. Army [Wednesday] at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB), California. This marks the fifth consecutive successful flight test for the missile.

Firing from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launcher, the PrSM flew an extended range mission over the Pacific Ocean.

“The Precision Strike Missile continues to validate range and performance requirements,” said Paula Hartley, vice president of Tactical Missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Achieving this long-range milestone for the baseline missile demonstrates PrSM’s capability to meet our customer’s modernization priorities on a rapid timeline.”

The success comes on the heels of two U.S. Army contract awards issued in September for Early Operational Capability (EOC) production and Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) advancing the missile to the next phase of the PrSM program. 

Lockheed Martin is working alongside the U.S. Army to optimize this next-gen system for the future – in everything from production to enhanced capabilities. Implementing digital tools such as augmented reality, advanced modeling and sim, machine learning/data analytics, and software factory to streamline efforts has helped accelerate PrSM’s development program with speed, agility and efficiency.

“We are also working closely with our Army partners to develop and integrate future incremental capabilities,” said Hartley.  

The flight is the second of three demonstrations taking place this year as part of the Enhanced Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) phase of the development program. The next flight is scheduled this fall as part of the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence 21.  

The test missile was produced at Lockheed Martin’s new Long Range Precision Fires facility in Camden, Arkansas. This facility is a part of a $142 million investment to expand and enhance Lockheed Martin’s Precision Fires center of excellence. All missile and pod integration efforts will now be occurring in this adaptable, future-focused facility that is prepared to evolve with future warfighter needs.

For more than 40 years, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been the leading designer and manufacturer of long-range, surface-to-surface precision strike solutions, providing highly reliable, combat-proven systems such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), HIMARS, Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided MLRS (GMLRS) to domestic and international customers.

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sacjon Oct 15, 2021 02:50 PM
U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

To clarify - I'm not condoning North Korea's missile testing, but just pointing out that we demand all other countries adhere to arms agreements and treaties, while we continue to develop and pursue nuclear weapons delivery systems. For all you crying about Newsom eating dinner, where's you "rules for thee but not for me" about America's history as a nuclear hegemon?

dukemunson Oct 15, 2021 03:53 PM
U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

Having traveled rather extensively throughout the world, I don't think you are right here (unless by "huge populations" you are speaking in relative terms). Generally speaking Americans are actually quite well thought of in most of the world, we do have a humorous self loathing narcissism though that is tangible and seemingly evident in thoughts such as yours here.

a-1634348283 Oct 15, 2021 06:38 PM
U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

Duke Munson, having traveled around the word extensively I have seen behavior of US people in other places. They are treated politely though they often do not reciprocate. They are welcomed for their money but they complain about spending it. Still until recently there was a respect for the ideals that the US proclaimed. But those ideals are belied by our intervention and violence toward people who don't share our cultural ideas or behaviors. Our 'tolerance' does not extend to societies that follow a different path and we certainly have not supported democracy in those places by and large. We suppress democratic movements in South America, Central America, SE Asia, the middle east and all over Africa. We support the arbitrary behaviors of those that claim to be royalty or tribal chiefs or just military dictators who oust popular governments that interfere with their claims to be entitled to the riches of the nation they lead. Please open your eyes and see what a mess we are making around the world.

dukemunson Oct 15, 2021 08:01 PM
U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

Our history and track record is certainly not perfect… it’s quite spotty in fact! But your assessment is not what I’ve experienced, nor is it indicative of reality or history. We’ve been a stabilising force in the world. Has that always gone well, no… but be honest about what an unchecked China or Russia would do in our absence. You see the worst, as so many Americans do of themselves. It’s fascinating… but it’s not aligned with reality. Take a step back…and then open your eyes.

Babycakes Oct 16, 2021 10:22 AM
U.S. Army Breaks New Ground As Lockheed Martin’s PrSM Completes Record-Setting Flight

SacJon: There are a few folks around the world who despise the US, that's true. However, the vast/vast/vaaaaaaast majority of people around the world admire us to the core. And yes, I have traveled extensively for work and pleasure, so I definitely know what I'm talking about. "Let's see, shall I leave my country and go to North Korea or......do I head to the land of the brave and free?" Hey, if you want NK, go for it, and may I suggest the beautiful border city of Kijong-dong. For me, I'll take the horrible, terrible, awful USA any day of the week to live in peace and harmony with my neighbors and fellow patriot citizens. Please send me a post card from Kijong-dong (LOL!!!).

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