Long Range Anti-Ship Missile sensor production begins at BAE Systems

NASHUA, N.H. Engineers at BAE Systems began production of the company's sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) contract. The contract, under Lockheed Martin, is worth an estimated $40 million.

The sensors will enable the missile to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by sophisticated anti-aircraft systems, officials say.

LRASM is a next-generation, precision-guided stealth missile capable of semi-autonomously detecting and identifying targeted enemy ships. The precision routing and guidance technology of the sensor ― which doesn’t rely exclusively on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems, networking links, or GPS navigation ― enables the missile to operate effectively in contested domains and all weather conditions.

BAE Systems’ advanced mid-course sensor technology incorporates the company’s software and hardware capabilities designed for the electronic warfare aircraft platforms. The sensor system also represents the company’s approach to bringing precision guidance to small platforms and builds on the company’s expertise in signal processing and target detection and location.

Work on the sensor technology will be conducted at BAE Systems’ facilities in Nashua, New Hampshire and Wayne, New Jersey.