U.S. Army has fired test shot for new precision-strike missile
The U.S. Army has fired test shot number three for its fast-emerging Precision-Strike Missile, a new surface-to-surface weapon intended to destroy targets with precision accuracy from ranges as far as 500 km. (311 miles). The shot, which took place earlier this year at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., moved the development of the weapon into a new phase as a next generation method of pinpointing targets from safer stand-off ranges. The new PrSM is, among other things, intended to replace and improve upon the existing Army Tactical Missile System land-fired missile. “The current missiles can go about 350 km. and this will go beyond 500 km. eventually. We are almost doubling the range with existing launchers so we are not having to invest in new launchers. We can now put two missiles in the launcher as opposed to what we can do now, which is one,” Gen. John Murray, Commander, Army Futures Command, told Warrior in an interview. Along with the test shot, the Army has also successfully completed its first open-air testing of an advanced multi-mode seeker, an upgrade to the Precision Strike Missile system, according to an Army report.