UPDATED 3:09 PM PT – Thursday, October 14, 2021
The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin successfully tested a Precision Strike Missile, which was previously barred by a treaty with Russia.
In a flight test at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Thursday, Lockheed’s new missile set a new distance record that exceeded 310 miles. Last month, Lockheed was granted a $62 million contract to advance the missile into a manufacturing development phase.
The use of such missiles was previously barred by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia (INF), but the treaty expired in 2019. Lockheed said such missiles represent the future of warfare.
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“Maintaining an effective deterrent, which I feel like Lockheed Martin is in the deterrent business. We are here to provide what our defense establishment needs to deter and prevent more, and if that’s not possible, to prevail in it. I’m concerned that we will not be able to maintain an effective deterrent with our allies, unless we make significant changes in our defense enterprise,” said chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp., Jim Taiclet.
The U.S. Army and Lockheed are now preparing for a large scale test of the Precision Strike Missile, saying it would become key to the “deep strike capability” against Russia and China.