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Army Funding Development of Anti-Ship Precision Strike Missiles

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The U.S. Army earmarked funds for the development of a land-based, anti-ship missile as part of the Precision Strike Missile program, Defense News reported Wednedsay. Col. John Rafferty, director of the Army’s long-range precision fires cross-functional team, said the service is accelerating efforts for the first PrSM spiral of capability that will apply cross-domain functions to attack maritime targets.

According to Rafferty, technology maturation activities for missiles that can handle maritime targets may begin by 2025. The Army’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal covers potential full-rate production work for PrSM weapons in the third quarter of 2024.

Both Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are developing PrSM weapons with prototype test flights scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.