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USS Milwaukee fires missiles to start LCS missile module testing

16 May 2018
USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) test-fires Longbow Hellfire missile. Source: US Navy

The Freedom-class variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise to start mission-module testing off the coast of Virginia on 11 May, US Navy (USN) officials said.

Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets.

During the test, which simulated “a complex warfighting environment”, crew members used radar and other systems to track and engage small surface targets, officials said in a statement, and then fired missiles against the surface targets.

The test marks the completion of the first phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing (DT) for the LCS Mission Modules (MM) programme. It was the first integrated firing of the SSMM from an LCS.

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