US announces successful test of anti-ship missile near Guam

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The US Navy announced on Friday that it had successfully tested a NSM anti-ship missile near Guam.

“The US Navy’s Navy combat ship, the Gabrielle Giffords, Independence, successfully demonstrated the capabilities of the NSM missile on October 1 during Pacific Griffin drills,” the Pacific Fleet said in a statement.

The US fleet stressed that this operation represents the first launch of the missile in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

“I am very proud of our collective work that led to the successful launch of NSM,” said US Navy Commander Matthew Lehmann.

The NSM anti-ship missile is a long-range high-precision weapon manufactured by Raytheon, which can locate and destroy enemy naval units 100 nautical miles (185 km).

The missile flies at very low altitudes above sea level, has the ability to track terrain, and uses an advanced self-guided device to strike targets accurately in complex conditions.


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