The US Marine Corps is looking for a ground-based missile system capable of tracking moving ships, especially ships in the South China Sea, to mitigate threats in the region.
Military officials overseeing the Pacific say it’s time to prioritize the ground-based anti-ship missile (GBASM) if political leaders are serious about safeguarding the Indo-Pacific command.
Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and deputy commander of Combat Development and Integration, addressed the issue Thursday during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee’s Tactical Air and Ground Forces subcommittee.
“What we are looking for now is a system with an active warhead, an active seeker, which can go after a [moving] ship “, he noted On Thursday, Military.com reported. “We are able to shoot the army [Tactical Missile Systems] out of our high mobility artillery rocket system, but what we can’t do is chase a moving ship. â¦ This is what counts in a contested environmentâ¦ â
The Navy’s naval strike missile (NSM) is expected to be tested for GBASM in June, the defense website added.
The NSM was also mounted and tested on a joint light tactical vehicle in December.
âWe will be able to take advantage of that and move forward with the ability to move forward with what the joint force wants and needs to have to compete with a competitor,â said Lt. General Eric Smith at the website.