U.S. Army to test a next generation ballistic missile this month

The U.S. Army is set to test a next generation ballistic missile this month, which will leverage current launchers and be capable of achieving greater ranges than current technology, according to the Army News Service.

According to a recent service news release, the Army will conduct a test of the new Precision Strike Missile or PrSM.

The Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team has made great strides this year, said Brig Gen. John Rafferty, the LRPF CFT director, who will be speaking Monday during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The LRPF CFT is a key component to the Army’s modernization effort, he said, aimed at delivering field artillery capabilities to enable combined arms against a near-peer competitor.

The PrSM will be a surface-to-surface, all weather, precision-strike guided missile, which will be developed and fielded to engage a variety of targets at extended ranges, according to the Army Acquisition Support Center.

“In simple terms, LRPF will modernize field artillery equipment with Soldier-informed feedback to develop next-generation weapon systems,” Rafferty said.

In addition to the PrSM, the Army recently demonstrated the new XM1113 and Excalibur M982 munitions, discharged from a prototype Extended Range Cannon Artillery self-propelled howitzer.

The goal is to streamline the process to deliver improved capabilities to the operational force. Modern weapon systems are critical to winning in multi-domain operations, meaning that we are able, as part of the Joint Force, to dominate land, air, sea, cyber, and space.”

During the evaluation process, the XM1113 Insensitive Munition High Explosive Rocket Assisted Projectile exceeded previous maximum ranges. The new projectile is slated to replace the Army’s aging M549A1 rounds, which can reach about 30 km, officials said.

Similarly, the improved Excalibur M982 is a Global Positioning System-guided projectile exhibited an increase in range beyond 40 km, officials said.

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