Surface to Surface Missile Test For LCS Successful
Surface to Surface Missile Test For LCS
From Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships.
Washington D.C. — (NNS)
— July 30, 2015 — Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use
on littoral combat ships (LCS) were successfully conducted in June the Navy
reported July 30.
Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the
Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the
Navy's fleet of littoral combat ships. The SSMM is expected to be fully
integrated and ready to deploy on LCS missions in late 2017.
Three missiles from a
ripple fire response strike their moving targets
"This test was very successful and overall represents a big step forward in
SSMM development for LCS," said Capt. Casey Moton, LCS Mission Modules program
Termed Guided Test Vehicle-1, the event was designed to specifically test the
Longbow Hellfire launcher, the missile, and its seeker versus high speed
maneuvering surface targets (HSMSTs). The HSMSTs served as surrogates for fast
inshore attack craft that are a potential threat to Navy ships worldwide.
During the mid-June tests off the coast of Virginia, the modified Longbow
Hellfire missiles successfully destroyed a series of maneuvering small boat
targets. The system "hit" seven of eight targets engaged, with the lone miss
attributed to a target issue not related to the missile's capability. The shots
were launched from the Navy's research vessel Relentless.
The test scenarios included hitting targets at both maximum and minimum
missile ranges. After a stationary target was engaged, subsequent targets,
conducting serpentine maneuvers were engaged. The tests culminated in a
three-target "raid" scenario. During this scenario all missiles from a
three-shot "ripple fire" response struck their individual targets.
Integration of the "fire-and-forget" Longbow Hellfire missile on LCS
represents the next evolution in capability being developed for inclusion in the
Increment 3 version of the surface warfare mission package for LCS. When fully
integrated and tested, each 24-shot missile module will bring added firepower to
complement the LCS's existing 57mm gun, SEARAM missiles and armed MH-60 Sea Hawk
LCS is a modular, reconfigurable ship, with three types of mission packages
including surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. The
Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS) is responsible for
delivering and sustaining littoral mission capabilities to the fleet. Delivering
high-quality warfighting assets while balancing affordability and capability is
key to supporting the nation's maritime strategy.
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