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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Look out, China! America is getting new ship-killing missiles

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)The U.S. Navy has begun testing a new, radar-evading, air-launched anti-ship missile — a big step forward in the sailing branch's march toward a more lethal fleet. In the next few years, the Navy could add three new ship-killing weapons to its warplanes and surface ships, augmenting existing Harpoon missiles that began entering service in 1977 and today are badly outclassed by Chinese- and Russian-made designs.

On Aug. 12, Navy testers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland began experimenting with an inert missile body modeled on Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM.

The testers fitted the mock munition to an F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter belonging to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23.

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