According to a recent press release, Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the software testing to validate that its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) can be launched from any MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) by making slight modifications to software on the existing shipboard equipment.
To ensure the systems can coexist, LRASM and Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System (TTWCS), MK 41 VLS and MK-114 booster hardware with modified software executed simulated missions and provided electrical interfaces and data transfers needed to successfully prepare and launch LRASMs.
Glenn Kuller, Vice President of Advanced and Special Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in the release, "This recent test demonstrates the low-risk and low-cost of launching LRASM from a ship, and was made possible by a cross-company team effort. This program success helps pave the way for rapid fielding of a surface launch capability, meeting our warfighters' critical needs."
The LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile designed to meet the weapon needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force Warfighters. Later in 2014, there will be two surface-launch demonstrations with a LRASM vertically launched from the Desert Ship at White Sands Missile Range, transitioning to controlled flight and target area impact.
Embedded software tests to ensure LRASM can be successfully launched from MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems through slight software modifications have been completed, preparing the missile for launch demonstrations in 2014, according to the Lockheed Martin press release.