The American company Lockheed Martin in may 2020 will conduct a third flight test of advanced hypersonic tactical missiles PrSM, during which the munition will hit the target at short range. About it as writes Breaking Defense, said the Vice-President of Lockheed Martin Gayle Campbell. According to her, the test firing will be conducted at a target at the distance of 83 kilometers.
The new hypersonic missile being developed as the replacement of obsolete munitions tactical complexes ATACMS, which is currently equipped with missiles with cluster warheads. In addition, the military is considering the possibility of using new ammunition for reactive systems of volley fire M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS.
The ATACMS missile complexes are able to fly at about 3 Mach numbers. These munitions are planned to be replaced in the framework of the gradual rejection of cluster munitions. The new missile PrSM will be able to fly at a speed greater than 5 Mach numbers and in the first stage, to hit targets at ranges of up to 499 km. Later the range of the munition increases.
Tests of the missile began in December last year. Then the munition hit the target at the distance of 240 kilometers. During the second test in March, the distance was 180 miles. The developers are on the path of gradual reduction of the distance to test the systems of the rocket in conditions of severe overload.
Overload caused by the maneuvering of the munition at a relatively short distance and at high speed flight. In order to miniroot number of maneuvers and not to resort to reduce the speed of the munition, which could make it vulnerable to interception by anti-ballistic missile systems, PrSM on a short distance can be run at a high ballistic trajectory.
In January of this year, the Agency defense advanced research (DARPA), in conjunction with the US Army contracted with Lockheed Martin a contract for the design, development and testing of tactical rocket hypersonic gliders. Protection of the project is scheduled for 2021, and flight test vehicle is expected to begin in 2022.