US Army to carry out next-generation ballistic missile test this month

US Army to carry out next-generation ballistic missile test this month
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The US military intends to launch a test of two precision strike missiles developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon this month, according to Defence News, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to a press release from the Army News Service, the objective of the test is to facilitate the delivery of improved capabilities to the operational force and obtain greater ranges than the existing technology.

According to the recent release, the projectiles in question will be a surface-to-surface, all-weather, precision-strike guided missile, capable of engaging various targets at extended ranges.

The rocket is designed to replace the Army Tactical Missile System.

The test comes as the US formally withdrew from the INF treaty on 2 August, which limited the development, production and deployment of ground-based missiles that could strike anywhere between ranges of 500 and 5,500 kilometres.

The withdrawal essentially signifies that the United States is no longer forced to adhere to the range limit for its missiles.

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