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Naval Strike Missile Insane Close-Up Test Launch: 4 Photos

PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 1, 2019) Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) launches a Naval Strike Missile (NSM) during exercise Pacific Griffin. The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that is designed to find and destroy enemy ships. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed at enhancing combined proficiency at sea while strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Republic of Singapore navies. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe/Released)
Aerial view of the NSM launch.

The NSM is a long-range, precision strike weapon that is designed to find and destroy enemy ships.

Close-up views of NSM test launch.
Incredible view of the NSM’s solid fuel rocket motor in action.
After being launched into the air by a solid rocket booster which is jettisoned upon burning out, the missile is propelled to its target in high subsonic speed by a turbojet sustainer engine—leaving the 125 kg multi-purpose blast/fragmentation warhead to do its work, which in case of a ship target means impacting the ship at or near the water line.