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Raytheon announced a successful static test of the new DeepStrike missile rocket motor, which moved the advanced surface-to-surface weapon closer to its maiden flight test later this year. The rocket motor test at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia is the latest in a series of milestones for the DeepStrike missile. Raytheon recently concluded a successful preliminary design review for the weapon.

Raytheon is offering the DeepStrike missile for the U.S. Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program to replace the aging Army Tactical Missile System that is approaching the end of its service life. The DeepStrike missile will be able to defeat fixed land targets 60 to 499 kilometers away, and get there faster than current systems, Raytheon said.

“Testing shows us how initial data assessments line up and validates them for the next phase in development,” said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems Vice President. “This test confirms our design for the DeepStrike propulsion system is solid and moves us one step closer to extending the Army’s reach and doubling the load-out of long-range fires.”

Dorothee Frank