Raytheon Systems has completed the third flight test of the Land Attack Standard Missile (LASM), when the weapon's Mk125 warhead underwent testing. The missile flew for 80km (50 miles) on a preprogrammed route in the trial, which took place at White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico, in September.
The LASM is a surface fire support variant of the Standard surface-to-air missile used by the US Navy. The weapon flies in a special terminal trajectory to enhance the effect in the land attack role of its warhead, a modified version of the Mk125 used in the surface-to-air Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA, with a fuzing system designed to compensate for the missile's downward velocity towards the target area.
The Naval Surface Warfare Centre is responsible for warhead design and integration.
Source: Flight International