Out Harpooning the Harpoon


Since the late 1970s, the US Navy has relied on the Harpoon missile in its submarine, aircraft, and ship-launched versions to poke holes in the bad guys ships.

Oddly enough, it hasn’t really had to be used in the past forty years. The only time the US Navy sank a foreign ship and a ship-vs-ship engagement that was over the horizon in that period, it did so in the Persian Gulf with a Standard missile, which is technically a SAM.  Notably, in that engagement, the Harpoons that were fired did not find their targets…

But anyway.

DARPA is experimenting with the Harpoons replacement:



(DARPA and the Office of Naval Research are collaborating on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program, which successfully launched its first prototype on Aug. 27. DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the prototype’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance…

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