Air-Launched Weapons

LRASM integration planned for P-8A Poseidon

05 February 2020

The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with the integration of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and has also revealed plans to integrate a range of additional weapon systems in due course.

In a pre-solicitation notice released on 28 January, the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft programme office (PMA-290) said it was requesting information from industry to “determine potential contractors who have the skills, experience, qualifications, and knowledge required to perform aeromechanical and software integration of [LRASM] onto the P-8A aircraft”, adding, “Engineering tasks for this effort includes, but are not limited to upgrades to the Boeing Tactical Open Mission Systems (TOMS) and Stores Management Computer (SMC) software and interfaces, test planning, execution, data reduction, and reporting on flight test efforts.”

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