Boeing's Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) weapon system
scored a direct hit against a moving, remotely-controlled land target during a
recent flight test at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California.
The test occurred on Sept. 13 as part of the U.S. Navy's SLAM-ER
developmental/operational flight test program. The launch followed a successful
developmental test flight on June 1 that used simulated command and control
aircraft targeting data to engage a remotely-controlled Shahab 3 missile
"SLAM-ER now has the flexibility to engage both fixed and moving land targets,"
said Boeing Naval Weapons Director Jan Browne. "This demonstrated capability
greatly enhances the Navy's ability to engage high-interest mobile targets in
today's varied threat environment."
For the test, a Littoral Surveillance Radar System-equipped aircraft sent
real-time targeting data to the Boeing-built F/A-18 aircraft, which relayed the
data to the SLAM-ER after the weapon's launch. The SLAM-ER acquired and impacted
a simulated SA-10 missile launcher in a desert environment. A follow-on test
will launch the SLAM-ER against a simulated SA-3 missile launcher that will
maneuver and change speeds like an operational target.
SLAM-ER is a highly adaptable day/night, all-weather, over-the-horizon precision
strike missile capable of hitting stationary or moving targets on land or at
sea. The Navy recognizes SLAM-ER as the most accurate weapon in its inventory.
The Navy will complete its operational testing of SLAM-ER's moving target
capability later this year.
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