AGM-158C LRASM Anti-ship cruise missile
The LRASM, which stands for Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, was developed by Lockheed Martin. It is a new-generation anti-ship cruise missile, based on an AGM-158B JASSM-ER air-launched cruise missile. It was designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force.
In August 2013, Lockheed Martin conducted the first flight test of the LRASM, launched from a B-1B Lancer bomber. In September 2013, Lockheed Martin launched a LRASM missile, fitted with a booster, from a Mk.41 vertical launch system, which is widely used on US wᴀʀsнιᴘs.
Surface Launch LRASM Flight:
The US Navy officially designated the air-launched LRASM as the AGM-158C in august 2015. The LRASM conducted its first flight test in a pre-production form in August 2017. The wᴇᴀᴘoɴ was successfully launched from a B-1B ʙoмʙᴇʀ against multiple targets In December 2017. This anti-ship missile was planned to be adopted by the US Air Force in 2018 and by the US Navy in 2019.
The LRASM is armed with a 450 kg blast fragmentation wᴀʀнᴇᴀᴅ. This missile employs precision routing and guidance. It can be used in all weather conditions, day or night. The missile employs an advanced sensor suite, data link, and enhanced Global Positioning System (GPS) resistant to jamming. Guidance systems and seeker have been provided by BAE Systems.
LRASM Air Launched Flight Testing:
The LRASM can destroy specific targets within a group of numerous ships at sea. Developers state that its range is greater than 370 km. Some sources speculate that it might have a range of 560 km, considering that the AGM-158B JASSM-ER, it is base on, has a range of 930 km. This missile travels at subsonic speed.
The B-1B Lancer can carry 24 LRASM missiles, the B-2 Spirit stealthy ʙoмʙᴇʀ can carry 16 of these missiles, while the B-52H Stratofortress ʙoмʙᴇʀ can carry 20 missiles. This missile can be also integrated on F/A-18E and F/A-18F naval multi-role fighters, as well as F-15E ground attack aircraft and F-16 multi-role fighters.
These wᴀʀᴘʟᴀɴᴇs can carry one or two of these anti-ship missiles. The AGM-158C is slightly too long to be carried inside internal wᴇᴀᴘoɴ bay of an F-35 stealthy multi-role fighter. The F-35 can carry this missile externally, however it will compromise aircraft’s stealth features.
Once fitted with a rocket boosted this missile can be fired from an Mk.41 vertical launch systems, which is used on many US warships. In this configuration with the booster attacked the AGM-158C missile weights 2 000 kg.
LRASM Boost Test Vehicle flight from Mk 41 Vertical Launch System:
A single AGM-158C LRASM missile costs between $700 000 and $1 million.