Navy Conducts First LCS Harpoon Missile Test at RIMPAC

Navy Conducts First LCS Harpoon Missile Test at RIMPAC 27 July, 2016

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), launched the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile at the world's largest international maritime exercise Navy’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).

The test event validated the operation of the Harpoon missile aboard a littoral combat ship and provided the necessary engineering data to support future ship upgrades. The test is part of a strategy by the Navy to increase the lethality and survivability of littoral combat ships, which includes demonstrating and deploying over-the-horizon capability on Coronado and USS Freedom (LCS 1) in the near term. RIMPAC is a biennial multinational exercise that provides a unique training opportunity that fosters sustained cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.In 1985 the Block 1C version of Harpoon was introduced, being designated AGM-84D, RGM-84D and UGM-84D. The Block 1C has increased range is quoted to be 220 km (120 nm)) by using JP-10 jet fuel.

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