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Raytheon has won a $116.4 million contract to enter the technological maturation and risk reduction phase of the Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) program.
LRPF is a new, longer-range surface-to-surface weapon that can defeat fixed land targets at a distance of up to 499 kilometers and replaces the existing Army Tactical Missile System.
According to defenseworld.com, Raytheon’s LRPF solution, named DeepStrike fires two missiles from a single weapon pod. Further, it lowers costs and increases capacity and boosts range over current systems by over 40%.
“Raytheon can develop, test, field and deliver this new capability to the Army ahead of current expectations to replace aging weapons,” said Dr Thomas Bussing, vice president of Raytheon’s advanced missile systems product line in a recent statement. “LRPF gives soldiers on the battlefield overmatch capability against adversaries,” Bussing added.
The technological maturation and risk-reduction phase includes testing missile components to be sure the design is ready for engineering and manufacturing development and live-fire demonstrations by the end of 2019. DeepStrike will offer the US Army the capability to implement future upgrades that will increase its versatility for future battlefield requirements.