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The US Successfully Tests An Incredible Anti-Ship Missile

Brian Jones

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A B-1B Lancer deploying a Long Range Anti-Ship Missile.

The U.S. military's revolutionary new anti-ship missile flew its first successful test flight today, according to a release from the  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ( DARPA). 

What the U.S. currently lacks is a ship-killing missile with both the ability to be launched from far away and the technological capacity to elude enemy ship defenses.

In 2009, DARPA  began work on developing such a missile, and today the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile conducted its first successful test. 

The missile was dropped from a B-1B Lancer, escorted by an F-18 Strike Eagle. It also has the ability to be launched from a Naval vessel or deployed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. 

Its full range and weapons payload are presently classified

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