BAE Systems has begun production of its sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following a $40 million order from prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
The sensor enables the missile to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by sophisticated anti-aircraft systems.
The missile’s range, survivability, and lethality capabilities are designed to meet a pressing need for both the US Navy and US Air Force.
LRASM is a precision-guided stealth missile capable of semi-autonomously detecting and identifying targeted enemy ships. The precision routing and guidance technology of the sensor which does not rely exclusively on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, networking links, or GPS navigation enables the missile to operate effectively in contested domains and all weather conditions, day or night.
BAE Systems’ advanced mid-course sensor technology incorporates the company’s software and hardware capabilities designed for the world’s leading electronic warfare aircraft platforms.
The sensor system also represents the company’s approach to bringing precision guidance to small platforms and builds on the company’s expertise in signal processing and target detection and location.