BAE Systems Completes Successful Rocket Ballistic Test of 5-Inch Long Range Land Attack Projectile

MINNEAPOLIS, Min­neso­ta — BAE Sys­tems has con­duct­ed a suc­cess­ful rock­et bal­lis­tic flight test of its 5-inch Long Range Land Attack Pro­jec­tile at Dug­way Prov­ing Ground in Utah.

Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP)
Long Range Land Attack Pro­jec­tile (LRLAP)
Source: BAE Sys­tems

Employ­ing a tac­ti­cal­ly con­fig­ured air­frame pro­pelled by a rock­et motor, the rock­et bal­lis­tic test met all pre­dict­ed per­for­mance para­me­ters dur­ing its flight. Cou­pled with pre­vi­ous com­po­nent and sub­sys­tem test­ing, this suc­cess­ful test sets the stage for planned guid­ed flight demon­stra­tions of the 5-inch LRLAP.

The 5-inch LRLAP is being designed to allow deployed sur­face ships to strike shore-based tar­gets at ranges that exceed 50 nau­ti­cal miles.

“Our team con­tin­ues to progress toward demon­strat­ing the full capa­bil­i­ty of a high­ly effec­tive and low-cost 5-inch Long Range Land Attack Pro­jec­tile,” said Gary Slack, pres­i­dent of BAE Sys­tems U.S. Com­bat Sys­tems. “We stand ready to sup­port the U.S. Navy by pro­vid­ing tech­nol­o­gy to meet the future needs of the fleet with­in three years.”

The 5-inch LRLAP is a GPS-guid­ed pro­jec­tile being devel­oped for the MK 45 Mod 2 and 4 naval guns on board Arleigh Burke-class destroy­ers and Ticon­dero­ga-class cruis­ers with­in the U.S. Navy fleet, and var­i­ous MK 45 guns in allied fleets around the world.

This inter­nal research and devel­op­ment project is run joint­ly by BAE Sys­tems, Lock­heed Mar­tin Cor­po­ra­tion and Sci­ence Appli­ca­tions Inter­na­tion­al Cor­po­ra­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, a sabot­ed vari­ant of the muni­tion is being devel­oped to be fired from 155mm artillery how­itzers employed by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.

Fur­ther tests of the 5-inch LRLAP will fol­low in the upcom­ing months.

About BAE Sys­tems

BAE Sys­tems is a glob­al defense, secu­ri­ty and aero­space com­pa­ny with approx­i­mate­ly 107,000 employ­ees world­wide. The Com­pa­ny deliv­ers a full range of prod­ucts and ser­vices for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced elec­tron­ics, secu­ri­ty, infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions and cus­tomer sup­port ser­vices. In 2009 BAE Sys­tems report­ed sales of £22.4 bil­lion (US$ 36.2 bil­lion).

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Stephanie Bis­sell Serk­hoshi­an, BAE Sys­tems
Tel: +1 703 894 3522 Mobile: +1 703 785‑7891


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