The US Navy and Lockheed Martin want to attach a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, so it has greater range when identifying and attacking targets. The LRASM has undergone three tests by the Navy, DARPA and Air Force, with operational deployment expected by 2019.
The autonomous missile has a range up to 200 nautical miles, though additional information regarding its guidance systems and seeker technology are classified. However, the missile should be able to identify - and dodge - any obstacles en route to its target.
"We wanted to make sure it can exit the canister when the booster lights up and the missile stays intact," said Hady Mourad, program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles, in a statement to Military.com. "We're furthering the maturity of our surface launched integration and planning on doing a few flight tests in the near future."