U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin plans to pair the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system with the AGM-184C LRASM anti-ship missile.
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Lockheed Martin is taking part in the Land Forces Defense arms show in Brisbane, Australia. As part of the Australian Army's Land 4100 Phase 2 project, the company is proposing to use the M142 HIMARS to launch AGM-184C Long Range Anti Ship Missile (LRASM).
The Royal Australian Air Force has already ordered LRASM for F/A-18F fighters. In addition, the Royal Australian Navy also has its eye on the American anti-ship missile.
James Heading of Lockheed Martin Australia said that the company has already started working on rocket boosters for LRASM. Another manufacturer, Thales, is involved in the project.
The peculiarity of the LRASM integration in HIMARS will be the fact that the missile module will protrude strongly to the front and back of the launcher, but this will not affect the mobility of the system and the possibility of fast transport by aircraft. Tested on a US Marine Corps Lockheed KC-130J transporter.
Source: Naval News