Naval Weapons

Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile

16 January 2020

The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A).

“It’s certainly something we’re looking at closely,” Geurts said on 15 January during a media briefing following his keynote address at the 2020 National Navy Surface Association Symposium.

The NSM could fit into the profile the USMC is trying to develop for “lethal, anti-ship” operations, providing marines with a weapon they would like to employ, but do not currently possess.

Developing a shore-based USMC NSM, he indicated, could also help with the overall effort to better integrate marines with USN forces and operations.

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