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An Oshkosh-built Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fires vehicle with a Naval Strike Missile attached during a November 2020 test at Point Mugu, Calif. US Navy Photo
A new photo of the Marine Corps’ shore-based anti-ship missile vehicle reveals how the service mounted a Raytheon Naval Strike Missile on a modified unmanned Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

On Wednesday, Raytheon issued a photo of the Navy-Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System (NMESIS) that took part in a November test in Point Mugu, Calif.

The Marines, working with Raytheon, used a Remotely Operated Ground Unit for Expeditionary (ROGUE) Fires truck to launch a Naval Strike Missile as part of a proof-of-concept test.

USNI News last year reported that the Navy and Marine Corps were pursuing ground-based anti-ship missiles to underpin the Marines’ Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept. EABO would see the Marines moving between expeditionary bases set up on islands or shorelines in a region like the Pacific and working with the Navy fleet operating in nearby waters.

“This test further demonstrates our partnership for advancing the Marine Corps’ modernization priorities of enabling sea control and denial operations,” Raytheon Vice President of Naval Power Kim Ernzen said in the release.

Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, the deputy commandant for combat development and integration, last year described the Marines’ plans to experiment with a Naval Strike Missile mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) with a launcher as a short-term way to achieve an anti-ship capability. But in the long-term, the Marine Corps could pursue the Ground-Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM), which Smith at the time said the Marines could also launch from a ROGUE Fires Vehicle, to hit longer-range targets.

“We’re often asked, what are Marines doing with an anti-ship missile? And the response for us is actually fairly simple: we are the littoral combat force present within the Pacific and specifically in the first island chain, and as that force we already can fire with our coordination with the Army off of the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, HIMARS,” Smith told the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee last March.
“We can fire an Army ATacMS (Army Tactical Missile System) missile that goes out a couple hundred miles. It makes sense to us that any force that is the littoral combat force should have a weapons system that can place a threat on an enemy ship.”

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/28/first-image-of-marines-new-anti-ship-missile-unmanned-truck-emerges
 

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Warhead is kind of small + range is inferior to other coastal defense missiles in service but overall a pretty good missile.
 

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that's a shit looking missile...looks like an over decorated silkworm! and why would make it an "unmanned" truck anyway? what, america running short of truck drivers? it's just coastal defence for goodness sakes, if your coastal defence has gotten to the point where the truck drivers aren't safe from the enemy then this truck isn't gonna help much to begin with!
 

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that's a shit looking missile...looks like an over decorated silkworm! and why would make it an "unmanned" truck anyway? what, america running short of truck drivers? it's just coastal defence for goodness sakes, if your coastal defence has gotten to the point where the truck drivers aren't safe from the enemy then this truck isn't gonna help much to begin with!
The Naval Strike Missile is one of the most capable antiship missiles in the world.

 

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whatever rocks your boat dude...its still a butt ugly looking missile. they could've made it slicker.
I don't think..er..-checks notes- .."make her slick" was part of the KDA CDR conclusions.. I'm guessing for a good reason too.
 
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that's a shit looking missile...looks like an over decorated silkworm! and why would make it an "unmanned" truck anyway? what, america running short of truck drivers? it's just coastal defence for goodness sakes, if your coastal defence has gotten to the point where the truck drivers aren't safe from the enemy then this truck isn't gonna help much to begin with!
These are part of Marine Expeditionary Forces. So would be deployed overseas and most probably used to protect beach heads and landing areas. The will be air transportable via CH53k King Stallion and can be deployed ahead of the main landing force hence automated.
 

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These are part of Marine Expeditionary Forces. So would be deployed overseas and most probably used to protect beach heads and landing areas. The will be air transportable via CH53k King Stallion and can be deployed ahead of the main landing force hence automated.
still a butt ugly looking thing...looks like an amateur college freshman project. 🤦🏻‍♂️
 

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still a butt ugly looking thing...looks like an amateur college freshman project. 🤦🏻‍♂️
It's not an woman, why it needs to be pretty? Are you going to do romance with the missile? As long as it works, it's good.
 

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