The USS Montgomery (LCS-8) launched three AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles. YouTube / USNI News Video
Following the U.S. Navy’s plan to withdraw all “Freedom Class” coastal battleships in fiscal year 2023, it was reported that “half of the” Independence class “coastal warships had structural defects, and cracks in the hull, limiting speed. However, USNI News announced today (17th) that the USS Montgomery (LCS-8) was conducting a ground attack mission required by the original ship’s design, and a new surface-to-air missile module. -surface (SSMM) launched a video on 3. The U.S. Navy’s AGM-114L “Longbow Hellfire” missile confirmed that the missiles hit the ground-based target, confirming that the ships could effectively support coastal operations.
This video of the launch of the U.S. Navy test was allegedly made in a certain body of water in the Pacific Ocean on May 12th. The test results confirmed that it was possible for the LCS to change the design of the “module” due to mission requirements, and also confirmed that the ship could attack ground targets. bring firepower closer to shore to support fighters on the beach.
It is understood that the U.S. Navy has completed the structural tests necessary for the Littoral battleship to launch “Hellfire” in 2019. At that time, it was believed that each LCS could carry 24 missiles, which could not support only ground operation. , but also has the ability to crack “ships”. “Squad” attack, the ability to engage at a certain distance.
The AGM-114L missile is one of the “Hellfire” family members, launched on the Littoral combat ship using the “XM501 Short-Range Non-Direct-Sight Launching System”, with a range of approximately 8 miles and active. laser tips (after shooting), millimeter wave radar, inertial guides and other methods, can adapt to weather, against measurements against aluminum foil clouds. Strong lethality against “armored” targets. After being launched by the ship, it can cause damage to armored vehicles and bunkers at a certain distance from the beach and shore, and support the anti-anti-landing troops.
The U.S. Navy’s USS Montgomery (LCS-8) Independence class coastal combat ship fired AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles for ground attack missions.
The U.S. Navy’s USS Montgomery (LCS-8) Independence class coastal combat ship fired AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles for ground attack missions. Image: US Navy