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Precision Strike Missile

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully completed a static test of its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) rocket motor as part of its motor qualification effort. The test supports the necessary requirements to validate the company’s motor design for production.

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The PrSM rocket motor performing a static test at Northrop Grumman’s test facility (Northrop Grumman photo)

«With another successful rocket motor test complete, we are one step closer to providing the U.S. Army with a next-generation, long range fires capability», said Rebecca Torzone, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. «Our new motor delivers enhanced performance that translates to increased weapon load out and standoff for our warfighter».

The test validated that the motor met all performance requirements after being conditioned to extreme cold temperatures. The rocket motor will undergo a series of additional qualification tests before initial fielding in 2023.

PrSM will replace the Army’s Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), significantly extending range and doubling the load out by providing two missiles per launch pod versus ATACMS’ single missile. This upgrade is made possible by the new Northrop Grumman PrSM rocket motor, which incorporates the latest high performance solid propulsion technologies as well as enhanced soldier-safety features.

Northrop Grumman will produce the PrSM propulsion system at its manufacturing facility at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center. The company’s investments in digital technologies drive affordability in one of the world’s most modern and efficient tactical solid rocket motor production facilities.

These advancements allow for the quick turnaround of a production ready PrSM system to support the U.S. Army’s request for an early operational capability. The efficiency achieved from digital transformation ensures the warfighter is equipped quicker than ever before.

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Flight Test

Lockheed Martin’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) successfully completed its fourth consecutive flight test with the U.S. Army on May 12, 2021 in a 400-kilometer/259-mile demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

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The next-generation long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) launches from a HIMARS in its first test demonstration in December 2019 (Photo Courtesy: U.S. Army)

The PrSM was fired from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher and flew with expected precision to the target area where it once again demonstrated a highly accurate and effective warhead event.

Test objectives included confirming flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to impact, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS integration and overall missile performance.

«PrSM accomplished all of the Army’s test objectives again today in its longest flight yet», said Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. «The missile’s impressive performance to date reflects the dedication of the joint-industry PrSM team to advance this capability with speed, efficiency and precision».

The 400-kilometer/259-mile flight is the first of three demonstrations that will take place this year as part of the Enhanced Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) phase of the development program. This series of flight tests follows three successful TMRR demonstrations culminating last spring. Additional ETMRR flights are slated for the second half of 2021 and will include a maximum range flight test and participation in the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence this fall.

Lockheed Martin continues to successfully validate the design and performance of the baseline tactical missile and is working with the Army on Engineering Design Testing, production readiness and fielding requirements to support multi-domain operations and future needs of the soldier.

The next-generation precision-strike, surface-to-surface weapon system will deliver enhanced capabilities for attacking, neutralizing, suppressing and destroying targets at depth on the battlefield. It further provides field artillery units a new long-range capability while supporting brigade, division, corps, Army, theater, Joint and Coalition forces.

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 like Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), HIMARS, Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and Guided MLRS to domestic and international customers.