The American army increasingly targets autonomous systems that will not only deal with logistics, providing soldiers with supplies and ammunition, but will also fight the targets themselves. Lockheed Martin, on behalf of the navy, is working on a new autonomous anti-aircraft missile designed for fighters.
The system is called LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) and is designed for F / A-18 Super Hornet fighters that will be able to use it in 2019. The technical details of the new armament are not yet known. We only know that its range is about 200 nautical miles, and the missiles will be equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous guidance systems that will avoid the obstacles that may appear on their way and then ideally hit the target.
So far, the Navy has carried out three tests of new armament, but earlier versions have been tested to combat air and ground targets. The anti-ship variant is now under construction, which should be ready in four years.