Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a $167.47 million contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for 48 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM).
The fixed-price-incentive-firm and firm-fixed-price contract is also for the procurement of tooling and test equipment. The contract work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed April 6, 2023.
Fiscal 2019 Air Force missile procurement funds in the amount of around $52.3 million; and fiscal 2019 Navy weapon procurement funds in the amount of around $115 million will be obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8682-20-C-0003).
AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile developed by Lockheed Martin based on the company’s successful AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (AGM-158B JASSM-ER). The AGM-158B JASSM-ER is the extended-range variant of the AGM-158 JASSM low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile (ALCM).
The stealthy missile is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in contested environments. The missile has an estimated range of 300 nmi (560 km; 350 mi) and is capable of being fired from an aircraft or a Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) onboard a ship. The LRASM was intended to pioneer more sophisticated autonomous targeting capabilities than the Navy’s current Harpoon anti-ship missile (AShM), which has been in service since 1977.
In August 2015, the Navy officially designated the air-launched LRASM as “AGM-158C”. In 2017, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control was awarded a $86.5 million contract for LRASM Lot 1 production.
The air-launched variant of LRASM achieved Early Operational Capability (EOC) on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer strategic bomber in December 2018. This provides an early operational capability meeting the offensive anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment I requirement. The LRASM missile achieved EOC on Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in November 2019.
The Navy is also seeking to integrate the Lockheed Martin LRASM missile onto the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, according to a sources sought notice published on Jan 28 this year.