What the U.S. currently lacks is a ship-killing missile with both the ability to be launched from far away and the technological capacity to elude enemy ship defenses.
In 2009, DARPA began work on developing such a missile, and today the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile conducted its first successful test.
The missile was dropped from a B-1B Lancer, escorted by an F-18 Strike Eagle. It also has the ability to be launched from a Naval vessel or deployed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Its full range and weapons payload are presently classified.
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