USAF Successfully Test Fires LRASM

The U.S. Air Force successfully test fired a production-configuration Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. The test took place over Point Mugu Sea Range in California, and marks the sixth consecutive successful test of the LRASM. The LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile, “designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of surface warships in electronic warfare environments.” The LRASM is derived from the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and began development in 2009. It has an estimated range of over 320 km while carrying a 450 kg penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead.