The second flight tests of the promising tactical hypersonic PrSM (Precision Strike Missile, high-precision missile) pass in the United States. According to Lockheed Martin, the missile was tested for accuracy, reliability of on-board systems, as well as an assessment of the power of the warhead of the missile.
Launched in 2017, the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program involves the creation of a new generation of high-precision operational-tactical missiles with a speed of more than 5 Mach numbers and an official initially declared range of 60 to 499 km, but the development was carried out taking into account the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty. According to reports, the rocket is now capable of flying up to 550 km, and according to other sources - up to 700-750 km. The new hypersonic missile is being developed as a replacement for the obsolete ammunition of the ATACMS operational tactical systems, in addition, the military is also considering the possibility of using the new ammunition on the M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems.
As previously stated by American General John Rafferty, the rocket developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation is primarily designed to overcome Russian air defense in the European theater of war. In the Asia-Pacific region, this missile will be used to destroy Chinese warships.
On December 10, Lockheed Martin Corp. conducted the first test of the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) promising tactical missile at the White Sands US missile range in New Mexico. The prototype was launched from the M142 launcher of the HIMARS missile system and flew about 240 km to the target area. The corporation said that "the test was successful with all the set goals."
In the future, the new missile should replace the Lockheed Martin MGM-140 ATACMS tactical missiles. Serial production is planned for the 2023 year.