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Military contractor says mobile missile system completes successful test flight from Central Coast

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Defense contractor Lockheed Martin reports it successfully test launched its experimental Precision Strike Missile from Vandenberg Space Force Base

Missile launched from mobile lanch system over Pacific Ocean.

A defense contractor announced that it's successfully completed a test flight from the Central Coast of a mobile defense system under development for the Army.

In a press release, Lockheed Martin officials say what's called a Precision Strike Missile was successfully flow from a mobile launch system. It flew from Vandenberg Space Force Base on an extended flight over the Pacific.

Officials say it was the fifth successful flight test of the missile, with another lanuch planned for this fall. The mobile missile systems are intended to be able to reach targets up to around 300 miles away. Lockheed Martin is hoping to have the mobile missile ready for operational deployment in 2023.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.