Lockheed MartinÂ will integrate theÂ Long-Range Anti-Ship MissileÂ into the U.S. Air Force‘s B-1B and U.S. Navy‘s F/A-18E/F aircraft underÂ theÂ $321.8 million sole-source contract awarded earlier this month.
The companyÂ said ThursdayÂ theÂ Air ForceÂ has set LRASM to start operationsÂ in 2018 with the Navy scheduled in 2019.
The contract also funds continuedÂ testing on LRASM, a precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile, Lockheed added.
Mike Fleming, LRASM program director at Lockheed’sÂ missiles and fire control business, said LRASM’s anti-ship functionsÂ work to helpÂ warfighters engage enemies in previously unfavorable combat environments.
The company notedÂ that LRASM was designed to utilize itsÂ Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended RangeÂ technology and supportÂ the Navy and Air Force inÂ anti-access/area denial threat environments.