On December 17, U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin released a video showing a simulated attack on a Russian S-400 long-range air-defense system.
The promotional video showcases the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM), which is being developed by Lockheed Martin’s for the U.S. Army’s PrSM program. The program, which started in 2016, is meant to develop a surface-to-surface, all weather, precision-strike guided missile that can be fired from the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
In the video, two PrSM missiles are launched from a HIMARS MRLS at the S-400’s 92N6A multi-role radar and a high-value military target [an arming and refueling point] that is protected by the system.
Both missiles score direct hits in the promotional video, which ironically shows the U.S. state-of-the-art stealth F-35 fighter jets failing to penetrate the S-400 system.
On its website, Lockheed Martin says the PrSM system will deliver enhanced capabilities to attack, neutralize, suppress and destroy targets using missile-delivered indirect fires out to 499+ km.
“PrSM provides the Joint Force Commander with increased range, lethality, survivability and missile load out,” the company’s website reads. “These enhanced capabilities are critical to the successful execution of Fires in support of Multi-Domain Operations.”
The PrSM missile contains an insensitive munition (IM) propulsion system and IM energetic payload capable of defeating all designated targets. The missile also features an open systems architecture design for maximum affordability and flexibility.
The U.S. Army has so far test-fired three PrSM missiles. The most recent test, in which the missile successfully hit a target 85 km away, was announced on April 30.
The PrSM missile is expected to reach the stage of Early Operational Capability in 2023. Russia’s advanced air-defense systems, like the S-400, will apparently be among the main targets of the new U.S. missile.
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