USMC eyes land based ship-killers

The US Marine Corps has begun a program called the Navy-Marine Expeditionary Ship Interdiction System, or NEMSIS, which is looking at ship-killing missiles fired from land.

“There’s a ground component to the maritime fight. We’re a naval force in a naval campaign; you have to help the ships control sea space. And you can do that from the land,” Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, told USNI News Friday at WEST 2019 conference.

According to Breaking Defense, the Corps is interested in three missiles: Lockheed Martin’s Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, Raytheon’s Naval Strike Missile and Boeing’s Harpoon.

Lockheed was recently awarded a $172 million contract for its air version of the LRASM for the Navy and Air Force, according to a company release.

Raytheon’s Naval Strike Missile can find and take out targets at nearly 100 nautical miles, according to a description on the company’s website.

And variants of the Harpoon boast a 500-pound warhead and a range in excess of 67 nautical miles, according to Boeing’s description on the company website.