The US Marine Corps tested its new anti-ship missile system during full-scale exercise 2021 on Sunday.
The service was able to hit a decommissioned vessel off Kauai in Hawaii using the Navy’s new Expeditionary Vessel Interdiction System (NMESIS).
According to the commanding officer of Marine Corps Systems Command, Brig. Gen. AJ Pasagian, the activity was a representation of the real-world challenges and missions that the Marines and Navy will face.
The exercise also highlighted the service’s ability to provide lethal and integrated naval power in all areas, according to the Press release.
Developed by Oshkosh Defense, NMESIS uses NSM anti-ship missiles designed to destroy heavily defended sea and land targets. It includes several proven subsystems including the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Chassis and Fire Control System.
Long Range Marine Fire Program Manager Joe mcpherson said the service had made rapid progress in the development and commissioning of the new system, noting that the recent naval exercise had been of tremendous benefit to units using the weapon.
“This week has been very successful. In addition to the two live rounds that hit the target, we have also successfully deployed the system aboard the main Marine Corps transport systems, the C130 and the LCAC, ”he said.
Earlier this year, the service also scored a direct hit against a surface target at sea during NMESIS’s inaugural test at Mugu Sea Range in California.