BAE Systems has begun production of the sensitive sensor technology that works with the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). The sensors will enable the missiles to detect and attack long-range threats to maritime vessels within groups of ships, including those protected by the latest anti-aircraft systems. The work is being performed as part of $40 million order from prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The LRASM with this advanced sensor technology provides protection for U.S. Naval and Air Force troops in challenged environments, keeping them beyond the reach of return fire.
The stealth LRASM system (see photo) is semi-autonomously capable of detecting and identifying targeted enemy ships at considerable distances. The sensor is well equipped with its own guidance and detection electronic subsystems—including precision routing and guidance capabilities—and doesn’t rely exclusively on additional external intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems or GPS signals to track and disable a potential maritime threat.
“The production of our advanced sensor for LRASM is a testament to the strength of our technology and our ability to transition the capability from airframes to missiles,” said Joseph Mancini, LRASM program manager at BAE Systems. “Precision guidance and advanced electronics are areas where we have leading capabilities, and where we can provide warfighters with an advantage on the battlefield.”
The advanced sensor system combines high-frequency signal detection, high-power computer processing, and software analysis to detect and discern potential threats in maritime environments. It is an example of BAE Systems’ capabilities in bringing multifaceted defense electronic systems to smaller operating platforms, such as for missile guidance.