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Friday, August 21, 2015

U.S. Navy Started LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Integration Tests on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

A Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) integrated on F/A-18E/F Super HornetThe U.S. Navy began initial integration testing of its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aug. 12 at Patuxent River’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility.

The program’s flight test team conducted missile load and fit checks using a mass simulator vehicle, designed to emulate LRASM, in preparation for the first phase of airworthiness testing with the F/A-18 E/F scheduled to begin later this month.

“These initial fit checks will familiarize the test team with the proper loading, unloading and handling of the LRASM on the F/A-18E/F,” said Greg Oliver, LRASM Deployment Office (LDO) assistant program manager for test and evaluation.

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