Skip to comments.VIDEO: USS Milwaukee Launches Hellfires in LCS Surface-to-Surface Missile Module Test
Posted on 05/16/2018 3:52:24 PM PDT by Eddie01
The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Virginia May 11, firing four longbow hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft targets. US Navy photo.
The Navy completed the first phase of its Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the Littoral Combat Ship program, with a May 11 live-fire test of the missile off USS Milwaukee (LCS-5).
Milwaukee fired four AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) targets in a complex warfighting environment, according to a Navy news release. The SSMM consists of the Armys Longbow Hellfire missile shot from a vertical launcher on the ship.
During the developmental test event, the ships crew utilized radar and other systems to track small surface targets, simulated engagements and then fired missiles against the surface targets, according to the news release. This was the second at-sea launch of the SSMM from an LCS after USS Detroit (LCS-7) fired the missile in February 2017 but was the first integrated firing of the missile module from the ship.
The next phase of the SSMM testing will take place aboard USS Detroit (LCS-7), which is expected to wrap up testing by the end of this year and bring the SSMM with it during the ships maiden deployment next spring.
This test event comes three years after the Navy first tested the vertically launched Longbow Hellfire missile from a ship at sea. In March 2015 at-sea tests from a surrogate platform began to assess the modifications made to create a maritime vertical launch configuration of the missile.
Still a Little Crappy Ship.
Size of a frigate
Costs more than a destroyer
Functionality of a coast guard cutter.
Let me guess the thumbs down were all from Iran...?
OK, lets see it hit boats doing zig-zag instead of straight line courses.
Is this the ship that got ice-blocked on the St. Lawrence?
The Hellfire’s not much of a weapon for a ship-sized platform. 9 kg warhead, range of 8 km. A frigate-sized ship should be capable of firing cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk...450 kg warhead, range of 1,300 km.
No, that was the Little Rock. I recall the Bill Clinton jokes swirling around the discussion of winter-long port call.
The Longbow Hellfires are radar guided
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