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Friday, March 06, 2015

PEO LCS Begins At Sea Testing of Modified Longbow Hellfire Missile

USS Fort Worth (LCS-3)The Program Executive Office for Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) began a series of tests on its modified Longbow Hellfire missile from a surrogate test platform, with a successful first test after some weather delays.

The LCS surface warfare mission package reached initial operational capability (IOC) in November with its 30mm gun and 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boats, and the next step is to add a missile to counter the fast inshore attack craft threat, Capt. Casey Moton, LCS mission modules program manager, said at the American Society of Naval Engineers’ ASNE Day 2015 on Wednesday.

To defeat the small boat threat, the Navy chose Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire radar-guided missile, with some modifications.

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