Raytheon has tested the motor of a surface-to-surface weapon system the company is offering to the U.S. Army as a potential replacement for the service branch's aging Tactical Missile System.
The DeepStrike long-range missile platform surpassed Army requirements during a static test that took place at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia and is scheduled for a maiden flight later this year, the company said Tuesday.
The system has a two-in-the-pod design and works to counter fixed land targets at a range of up to 310 miles.
"Testing shows us how initial data assessments line up and validates them for the next phase in development," said Thomas Bussing, vice president of advanced missile systems at Raytheon.
Bussing added the completion of the test moves the company one step close to helping the Army increase the rate of its long-range fires.
Raytheon developed DeepStrike in pursuit of the service branch's Precision Strike Missile program.