The US Navy Has Developed An Advanced Autonomous Long Range Anti-Ship Missile designed for an F/A-18 Super Hornet

PictureThe US Navy is currently working out deals with Lockheed Martin to integrate its new LRASM weapon, an autonomously guided Long Range Anti-Ship Missile designed for an F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet. The anti-ship missile will give the fighter jet an enhanced ability to locate and destroy targets at longer ranges from the air, officials from Lockheed Martin explained.
Below is a simulation video demonstrating the capability of the US Military Long Range Anti Ship Missile against Russian navy ships. The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is a stealthy anti-ship cruise missile under development for the US Navy by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)Unlike any other current anti-ship missile systems, the LRASM has the capability to autonomously target enemy ships, which previously relied on on-board targeting systems that independently acquired targets without precision intelligence, or support from GPS services and data-links. These new capabilities will enable positive target identification and precisely engage moving ships.

Most of the details for the new anti-ship defense system remain a secret but it’s known to be intelligent enough to avoid obstacles between vessels as far as 200 nautical miles out. This is the unclassified range, which suggests that the LRASM capabilities can far surpass that.

Additionally, there are versions of the LRASM in the works that will launch from ships, subs and other aircraft, so the intelligent anti-ship missile system could soon become a commonly used weapon for the US military.

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