Lockheed Martin and US Army ink PrSM development contract

by Ashley Roque

The US Army and Lockheed Martin have agreed on a new deal worth up to USD180.7 million to continue developing the new Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) together.

On 12 June the service disclosed the dollar amount of the PrSM Enhanced Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) effort that will be administered through Advanced Technology International (ATI).

“The ETMRR phase will include the build of four missiles, three flight tests, and subsystem qualification for PrSM,” a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told Janes on 15 June.

“We are currently working to produce the missiles in preparation for the flight tests that will take place in 2021,” the spokesperson added.

The company added that this next chapter will follow the Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction phase (TMRR) that is slated to be completed in the coming weeks.

Monica Guthrie, the communications director for the army’s Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team (LRPF CFT), noted that the upcoming ETMRR effort is designed, in part, to ensure that the PrSM achieves a technology readiness level 6 prior to entering the engineering, manufacturing, and development phase of the program.

“It includes an assessment of manufacturing feasibility, establishing a configuration baselines, full sub-assembly-level qualification of sup-assemblies, assessment of the missile's survivability against threat systems and representative flight tests of the final configuration,” she wrote in a 15 June email to Janes.

The US Army and Lockheed Martin are set to move into the next phase of PrSM development. This photo is of the missile’s inaugural flight in December 2019.  (US Army )

The US Army and Lockheed Martin are set to move into the next phase of PrSM development. This photo is of the missile’s inaugural flight in December 2019. (US Army )

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