The long range land attack projectile (LRLAP), designed for the DDG 1000 Advanced Gun System, successfully completed two live-fire tests at the White SandsMissile Range in New Mexico, the Navy announced Sept. 22. The mission, conducted Aug. 30, was the first live-fire test to successfully demonstrate LRLAP effectiveness against targets. LRLAP is a 155 millimeter rocket-assisted guided projectile designed to support land-attack and naval surface fire support operations in conjunction with the Advanced Gun System on DDG 1000-class destroyers. "This test success represents a key milestone in development of the land-attack capability and represents a significant step in the tactical maturation of the LRLAP," said Capt. Tim Batzler, Navy Surface Ship Weapons major program manager for Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems. Both flight tests flew 45 nautical miles and met key test objectives including successful launch, GPS acquisition, warhead functionality, and terminal accuracy.
Live-fire testing is part of land-based flight qualification during the engineering and manufacturing development phase. PEO IWS is an affiliated program executive office of the Naval Sea Systems Command, which manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems, and coordinates Navy open architecture across ship platforms.
(Source: From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication)