The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is the US Navy's latest addition to its arsenal in order to target ships. It is designed to search for and find enemy ships, and destroy them using onboard AI.
The LRASM is a cruise missile that is set to replace the ageing Harpoon and will be the Navy's first new missile in over three decades, notes a report by Popular Mechanics (PM). This missile can operate in so-called "denied" environments – regions where GPS and other location-based tech is not active or is unavailable – by using sensors to locate targets that are otherwise not possible to find.
LRASM locates its targets using a method inspired by the B-2 stealth bomber, the report says. The missile is equipped with a passive sensor that is constantly looking for radar signals as all ships make extensive use of radar to make sure they are not under attack. This missile will not broadcast any signal, but it just searches for a radar emitter and then flies towards it.