Marines use ground-based anti-ship system to launch Naval Strike Missile at ship in Navy-led exercise

 Marines use ground-based anti-ship system to launch Naval Strike Missile at ship in Navy-led exercise. (Photo: USMC)

Naval Strike Missile fires from a ground-based anti-ship system during the U.S. Navy's Large Scale Exercise. (Photo: USMC)

TUCSON, Ariz., (Aug. 16, 2021) — The U.S. Marine Corps, in partnership with Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, used the Navy Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction Systems, or NMESIS, to launch a Naval Strike Missile from shore and strike a target ship at sea during a recent U.S. Navy-led operational exercise. 

NSM is a multi-mission cruise missile that destroys heavily defended maritime and land targets. NMESIS combines a NSM launcher and a Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fires vehicle, produced by Oshkosh Defense.

“This was the first time NMESIS has been used from shore to strike a target at sea during an operational exercise,” said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “NSM is a versatile and effective weapon that delivers lethal, integrated all-domain naval power.”

During the exercise, Marine operators conducted mission planning and command and control of the NMESIS. In addition, the team practiced rapid mobility by transporting the system on and off multiple platforms, including a Landing Craft Air Cushion and KC-130J. 

NSM is the latest product from Raytheon Missiles & Defense's partnership with Norway and its defense leader Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. The companies have teamed to produce the NSM in the United States for the U.S. military and international partners.  The missile has already entered service in the U.S., the Norwegian Navy, and the Polish Navy’s coastal defense squadrons.

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Published On: 08/18/2021