In the United States, the third tests of a promising operational tactical missile under the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program were completed. As stated in the press service of Lockheed Martin Corporation, the test was carried out for a short range and was recognized as completely successful.
Tests were reportedly completed on April 30 at the White Sands missile test site in New Mexico. A promising missile was launched at a distance of 85 km from the M142 launcher of the HIMARS missile system. It is noted that the missile successfully hit the target with a "real combat unit."
Today’s PrSM Test, a very stressful short-range shot, is the third successful flight test to prove the effectiveness, survivability and reliability of a basic tactical missile
- The corporation said in a statement.
Earlier, Lockheed Martin performed the first two tests of its PrSM rocket at the White Sands training range - on December 10, 2019 at a range of 240 km and on March 10, 2020 at a range of about 180 km.
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.
In the future, the new missile should replace the Lockheed Martin MGM-140 ATACMS tactical missiles. Serial production is planned for the 2023 year.