SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Lockheed Martin and Boeing have begun work on the integration of the AGM-158C LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile), a stealth anti-ship cruise missile developed into P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) with plans to conclude flight testing and platform integration trials by 2025.
idrw.org has learned that Indian Navy which operates 12 P-8I Neptune Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)has been eyeing a long-range Anti-Ship Missile for its P-8I fleet for a while now and likely will be interested in the purchase to supplement its AGM-84L Harpoon Block II AShM. Indian Navy has a potential requirement for 100 Next-Gen AShM and LRASM might be on offer to India for its Requirements.
Royal Australian Air Force procured Lockheed Martin multi-mode sensor-equipped Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for use against high-priority maritime targets for its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet jet fighter bombers and is the only country outside of the United States to operate them.
Lockheed Martin AGM-158C LRASM is a subsonic anti-ship missile for use against high-priority enemy targets like aircraft carriers, troop transport ships, and guided-missile cruisers. P-8I Neptune will be able to carry 4 missiles under its wing since it is too lengthy to be carried inside the weapons bay of the aircraft.
India’s DRDO is also developing Naval Anti-Ship Missile (Medium Range) (NASM-MR) but is still in the initial stages of development and presently India’s P-8I Neptune fleet is operational with AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles that have a range of around 200km.
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