The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Harpoon anti-ship missile during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise and is scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Participants include the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. U.S. Navy Photo (Released)
In 2013, the DoN will provide the fleet an initial operational capability of the air-launched Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 (JSOW), a survivable stand-off weapon able to engage moving maritime targets via receipt of In-flight Target Updates (IFTUs).
In 2017, the DoN is scheduled to provide to the Fleet the Harpoon II+, the U.S. Navy’s air-launched implementation of the Harpoon Block II currently fielded to foreign partners.
Additionally, the DoN is pursuing approval to initiate a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) that can leverage the existingTomahawk Weapons System (TWS) and surface launch platforms, with maritime moving-target capability. Upon approval, the goal is to have a successful demonstration and fielded capability within 42 months.
The DoN is in the early stages of developing an air and surface launched Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW)weapon in order to meet the long term challenges of emerging future threats. The OASuW weapon system will provide a flexible, long-range, advanced ASuW capability able to engage moving maritime targets in a complex adversary environment. The DoN is targeting an initial operational capability to the Fleet of the OASuW Weapon System beginning in the early 2020’s.