This contract represents a significant step towards fielding LRLAP
to support the Navy's requirement for surface fire support," said Richard Benton, program manager for LRLAP
at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The 155-mm LRLAP
is effective against a variety of targets in multiple mission areas and was designed to provide expeditionary forces with an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles.
Under development by SAIC and Lockheed Martin, the seven-foot long, 155 mm LRLAP
will contain 24 pounds of explosives, considerably larger than the seven pounds of explosives in the 5-inch ERGM.
will have a key role in future coastal and urban combat scenarios," said Pete Jasanis, LRLAP
program manager at Lockheed Martin.
Once again, target location, glide navigation and trajectory guidance precision will rely on on-board GPS modules specifically developed by L3 and, as with the naval LRLAP
, M85 bomblet or unitary (bunker buster) warheads will be carried.
BAE Systems' next step is a Critical Design Review for the LRLAP
, which is expected to occur in December 2012.
The 5-inch LRLAP
is being designed to allow deployed surface ships to strike shore-based targets at ranges that exceed 50 nautical miles.
Navy s 155-mm LRLAP
program, said Tom Pfenning, director of Precision Guided Munitions at BAE Systems.
While the LRLAP
is the first round under development for the AGS, other projectile variants will be developed and tested later in the DD 21 program.
The successful factory testing and delivery of this first major production component for AGS, coupled with our ongoing successes with the 155-mm LRLAP
program, demonstrates that this highly advanced system is a real, proven option for meeting unmet naval surface fire support requirements.
MINNEAPOLIS -- BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin successfully fired two Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP
), with full-scale rocket motors at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, to demonstrate the Navy's 155-mm LRLAP
program is on track for guided flight tests in June.
has the capability to precisely engage targets at ranges in excess of 72 nautical miles, delivering lethal force in support of military operations ashore with minimal collateral damage.