WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Lockheed Martin said in a press release that during the test over the Sea Range in the state of California, B-1B aircrew simultaneously launched two LRASMs against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives, including target impact.
"This continued success with LRASM provides confidence in its upcoming early operational capability milestone, putting a proven, unmatched munition into the US Navy and US Air Force inventories," the release said on Tuesday.
#Lockheed Martin successfully fired production-configuration #LRASM Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles from a USAF B-1B #bomber this AM on the Sea Range off Point Mugu CALIF. 2 LRASMs launched simultaneously against "multiple maritime targets," LM sez. https://t.co/OcTfLow3bm pic.twitter.com/iTin49DQvc— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) 12 декабря 2017 г.
In July, the US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin an $86 million contract to produce the first batch of 23 LRASM missiles.
The weapon "dovetails with the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and may prove invaluable in any maritime conflict as potential adversaries continue to equip their naval vessels with highly advanced weapons systems," the Congressional Research Service noted in a 2014 research brief.