US Navy Completes Hellfire Tests on Littoral Combat Ship

The testing confirmed that the Hellfire can be safely operated on the littoral combat ship (LCS). The missile will likely be deployed later this year

The Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Detroit (LCS-7) fires an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile during a live-fire missile exercise. US Navy photo.

The US Navy successfully completed structural testing of the Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module.

Integration of the Longbow Hellfire missile system, designated the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), will increase the lethality of the Navy’s fleet of littoral combat ships. SSMM utilizes the Army Longbow Hellfire Missile in a vertical launch capability to counter small boat threats.

The US Naval Institute News agency reported that the Navy has finished testing needed to confirm that the Hellfire can safely operate on the Littoral Combat Ship, and the missile will go out on a ship deployment later this year.

 

[Source: Defence Blog]