06 Sep '13, 7pm

A Cruise Missile with Brains --New Autonomous Anti-Ship Missile Hits Its First Target

A Cruise Missile with Brains --New Autonomous Anti-Ship Missile Hits Its First Target

"There were three vessels in the target area, all with representative emitters,” Mabbett said. “The purpose of the test really was to stress the sensor suite to be able to detect all of the threats, but only engage the one that we told it to engage." DARPA and ONR want the missile to be launched from both aircraft and surface ships. The organizations plan to conduct two tests of a surface-launched version next summer, as well as two more tests this year of the air-launched missile, he said. If successful as a vertically launched system from a surface ship, DARPA could also further develop LRASM and create a submarine-launched version, he said. Mabbett would not comment specifically whether the missile would be tested in an electronic warfare environment, but DARPA’s news release stated the missile would reduce dependence on ISR, network links and GPS navigation, which woul...

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