The U.S. Army has removed Raytheon from the service’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping competition, Jane’s reported.
This would make Lockheed Martin the sole competitor for the Army’s PrSM program.
According to the report, the Army decided not to provide Raytheon additional funding for the competition. The move came after the company was unable to test fly its Precision Strike Missile offering, called DeepStrike missile, due to “technical issues”.
“The Army made a decision not to provide additional funding to Raytheon at this time. Raytheon’s current period of performance ended on 20 March,” the program manager for Strategic and Operational Rockets and Missiles under the Program Executive Office for Missiles & Space told Jane’s.
Lockheed Martin has, until now, conducted two flight tests of its offering for the PrSM program at White Sands Missile Range (WMSR), New Mexico.
During the maiden flight test on Dec. 10 last year, the Lockheed Martin PrSM missile was fired from M142 HIMARS launcher and flew approximately 240 kilometers to the target area. The second test saw the missile flying a nominal trajectory approximately 180 km to the target area.
U.S. Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Program
The Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) will be an all-weather, precision-strike guided surface-to-surface missile (SSM) fired from an M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) or an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
The missile will destroy/neutralize/suppress targets at ranges from 70-400+ km using missile-delivered indirect precision fires. It provides field artillery units with long-range and deep strike capability while supporting brigade, division, corps, Army, theater, joint/coalition forces and Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) in full, limited or expeditionary operations.
The PrSM missile will replace the existing aged inventory of non-Insensitive Munitions and Cluster Munition policy-compliant Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), which are fired from the same M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS launchers, and doubles rate-of-fire with two missiles per launch pod.