The United States Army (US Army) announced that the new Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), manufactured by Lockheed Martin, completed a production qualification flight test by conducting the fastest launch to date. This test, which suggests that the PrSM can hit targets at a shorter distance than planned, was conducted at the White Sands firing range, New Mexico. This was reported by the American company in an official statement on November 16.
According to Lockheed Martin, the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) was fired from an M182 HIMARS high mobility rocket launcher, hitting a set of targets at short ranges. However, neither the company nor the US Army has reported the range at which the new surface-to-surface missile will be used to replace the current ones in the future. ATACMS.
However, Lockheed Martin clarified that during the test the PrSM missile showed excellent and meticulous control in terms of trajectory, because the flight environment is not easy and the alignment of the target must be carried out at hypersonic speeds at shorter distances than those built by design. Consequently, this event confirms the capacity for integrity in terms of the structure presented by PrSM, as well as its power of control in relation to the trajectory.
The PrSM is the United States Army’s new generation of long-range surface-to-surface missiles and is intended to prevent and improve the capabilities to destroy, suppress or neutralize targets. Also, specifically its announced features: “has an insensitive munition (IM) propulsion system that provides a range of over 499 kilometers (310 miles) and is intended to provide Army field commanders with brigade, division, corps, army, theater, etc. with high precision hitting ability”. In this sense, the vice president of Lockheed Martin, Jay Price, stated: “This demonstration is the first of many production qualification tests that bring PrSM closer to deploying and delivering Early Operational Capability (EOC) missiles this year”.
In turn, the PrSM presents the highest flexibility, as its modular design allows for future upgrades and is compatible with the existing M182 HIMARS and M270 rocket and missile artillery systems. In this regard, Jay Price also added that these characteristics are consistent with the priority of the United States Army to increase the capabilities of its fire support systems to attack targets at greater distances with greater levels of accuracy and mortality.