Boeing company has announced that its Stand Off Land Attack Missile Expanded
Response SLAM ER missile recently demonstrated its retargeting, also known as
flex-targeting, capability at Point Mugu, California.
The test was carried out by an F/A-18C Hornet that took off from US Navy's
aircraft carrier John C. Stennis located in the Naval Air Weapons Station Sea
Test Range. The Hornet launched a SLAM-ER missile to destroy a simulated radar
site on San Nicolas Island, in the Pacific Ocean.
Once the SLAM-ER on its way to the target, the F/A-18's pilot identified a new
target on the Island sending a new land update to the SLAM-ER. The missile
changed direction according to new target coordinates. At several miles away
from the target position, it began to transmit real-time video to an S-3B Viking
aircraft. S-3's aircrew utilized the data to pinpoint the target and destroy it.
In addition to the retargeting capability, the US Navy also plans to insert a
new capability that will enable SLAM-ERs to effectively attack and destroy land
targets moving at highway speeds.
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