The Lockheed Martin AGM-158C long range anti-ship missile (LRASM) has achieved an early operational capability (EOC) milestone with the US Navy on the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Already cleared for…
Lockheed Martin and Thales Australia have agreed to develop booster and rocket motor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) – Surface Launch (SL) variant.www.naval-technology.com
LRASM-SL will at least be a hedge/insurance with HALO an unknown quantity. And Lockheed's gonna sell the hell out of it. I'd be shocked if the USN never buys any.Lockheed Martin and Thales Australia have agreed to develop booster and rocket motor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) – Surface Launch (SL) variant.www.naval-technology.com
Hopefully that means Australia at least is committed to buying some? Not sure the USN will, given all the other budget pressures (OASUW Inc2 going hypersonic) and the availability of MST.
Given the complete shitshow they've made of ship and aircraft procurement that would track. I can't remember the last time anybody accused the USN of being wise.The USN seems to be making surface attack a secondary capability for as many missiles as it can, but I get the impression it still views aircraft as its primary anti surface platforms. If a Tom or SM-6 can also bust a ship, great, but I don’t think they are going to dedicate dev money or VLS cells to the cause.