Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
Inside Missile Defense - 09/17/2014

The Missile Defense Agency will soon conclude an investigation into why Raytheon's Standard Missile -3 Block IB interceptor failed during a test last September, an assessment that is expected to influence Pentagon deliberations this fall on whether to proceed with full-rate production.

DefenseAlert - 09/15/2014

The Missile Defense Agency negotiated a billion-dollar Ground-based Midcourse Defense program contract with Boeing without considering the results of a Pentagon audit, a new Defense Department inspector general's report concludes.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

The Army is planning an industry day to kick off a vendor competition for an ammunition deal that could approach $100 million, the service announced.

DefenseAlert - 09/12/2014

The Air Force wants to ramp up development and modification work on its 30,000-pound, bunker-buster bomb and has requested authority from Congress to realign $121 million in fiscal year 2014 overseas contingency operations funds to get started.

Inside the Air Force - 09/12/2014

The Air Force Research Laboratory's laser applications branch wants to perform live-fire demonstrations of a podded airborne laser system capable of protecting aircraft from missile threats, and is calling on industry to propose a hybrid mix of novel approaches.

Inside the Air Force - 09/12/2014

Officials overseeing the development of the Air Force's next-generation small diameter bomb are preparing to conduct two live-fire tests later this month that they hope will validate the weapon's fuze and warhead functionality ahead of a milestone C production decision in early calendar year 2015.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

The Army has put forward its integrated air and missile defense battle command system as a continuing candidate for the defense export features initiative, a pilot program that aims to build "exportability" into new capabilities as early as possible.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

The Army's lead for defense exports said India is unlikely to reach a decision this year on the United States' offer to co-develop the next generation of Javelin missiles, as U.S. military officials work to get the new government in New Delhi up to speed on the particulars of the deal.

Inside the Army - 09/08/2014

The Army has tested its mobile, high-energy laser against a variety of aerial targets in a recent demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to the program contractor.

Inside the Navy - 09/08/2014

Boeing's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator, a directed-energy system built for the Army, recently proved its capabilities in a maritime environment and demonstrated its potential applications for the Navy, a company spokeswoman told Inside the Navy last week.

Inside the Air Force - 09/05/2014

The government has no near-term plans to push military-grade unmanned aerial vehicles off the Missile Technology Control Regime's Category I control list, despite calls from the defense industry and the Pentagon's international affairs community to consider changes.

DefenseAlert - 09/03/2014

The Pentagon is eying a third test of its Advanced Hypersonic Weapon after the second test last month was terminated shortly after liftoff, the Defense Department's acting research and engineering chief said in a brief interview.

Inside Missile Defense - 09/03/2014

An influential Army advisory panel this month is due to recommend actions -- including new investments -- to increase the resilience of the service's air and missile defense systems to electronic warfare attack, examining a portfolio that includes the Patriot, Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and the Theater High Altitude Area Defense programs.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

Lockheed Martin's Medium Extended Air Defense System faces an uncertain future, but its outlook could become much clearer once Germany decides whether or not it wants to continue onward with the system it helped develop.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

An Accelerated Intercept Initiative missile intercepted a cruise missile for the first time during tests at the military's Black Dart exercise held July 29 through Aug. 11, according to Raytheon, the systems' contractor.

Inside the Navy - 09/01/2014

The Navy and Raytheon last month completed successful flight tests of the Tomahawk cruise missile that showcased the enhanced capability provided by recent software improvements, according to a company official.

Inside the Navy - 09/01/2014

The Navy plans to award Lockheed Martin a production contract for the procurement of the company's Long Range Land Attack Projectile to support the service's next-generation destroyer.

Inside the Navy - 09/01/2014

Raytheon recently delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the Navy, providing ships with the most modern self-defense system against current and evolving threats.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/28/2014

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks this week praised a new Defense Department instruction as major step toward recognizing electromagnetic effects as significant threats.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/28/2014

The recent termination of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test flight shortly after liftoff will be a setback to the faster-than-the-speed-of-sound program designed to strike faraway and fleeting targets, according to experts and officials tracking the program.

DefenseAlert - 08/25/2014

The Army Space and Missile Defense Command was unable to evaluate its Advanced Hypersonic Weapon today during a test in which a booster rocket experienced an "anomaly" after liftoff in Alaska, prompting authorities to terminate the flight.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

Raytheon has been awarded a pair of foreign military sales contracts for work on Patriot air and missile defense systems, the Army announced on Aug. 15.

Inside the Navy - 08/25/2014

The Navy plans to procure up to 37 additional Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles using procurement funding from fiscal years 2013 and 2014, a move that was facilitated by contract savings and a recent foreign military sale, officials confirmed last week.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/21/2014

The Defense Department plans next week to conduct a second test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon -- a leading candidate for the Conventional Prompt Global Strike concept -- with a 3,500-mile shot from Alaska to the Marshall Islands that could build a case for integrating the Army-developed capability on submarines.

DefenseAlert - 08/20/2014

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is seeking contractors to support its research and development directorate (J9) with advisory and assistance services in combating weapons of mass destruction, according to a sources-sought announcement.

Inside Missile Defense - 08/20/2014

Concerned about the vulnerability of big-ticket U.S. weapon systems to technologically sophisticated asymmetric attacks, the Pentagon's acquisition executive has directed a sweeping look at new defense strategies for countering advanced ballistic and cruse missile threats.

Inside Missile Defense - 08/20/2014

The Missile Defense Agency recently released a request for proposals -- three months ahead of schedule -- for a key component of the Aegis Ashore site in Poland, according to an agency spokesman and a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 08/18/2014

The Army is examining the feasibility of adding additional sensors to the service's air and missile defense systems.

Inside the Air Force - 08/15/2014

Air Force Global Strike Command appears to be delivering on its commitment to improve the nuclear bomber and intercontinental ballistic missile forces following a string of public embarrassments over the past year, but whether the command's leadership has gone far enough in addressing the so-called "systemic issues" that plague the Air Force's nuclear enterprise will ultimately be judged by the airmen performing the mission.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

When Congress returns from its summer recess on Sept. 8, one of the many details it will be forced to settle is the future funding of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Uranium Capabilities Replacement Project at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Pentagon plans to sign a memorandum of understanding with more than a dozen countries to help enhance the interoperability of the command and control elements of their ground-based air defense systems, according to a recent notification to Congress.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Air Force and Navy have identified eight technology areas in which to exchange data to preserve the intercontinental ballistic missile and submarine-launched ballistic missile industrial base, according a top Air Force official.

DefenseAlert - 08/11/2014

Lockheed Martin is working with the Missile Defense Agency to combat environmental and technical conditions at Aegis Ashore sites around the globe, according to a company executive.

DefenseAlert - 08/11/2014

The Missile Defense Agency has issued a draft request for proposals for the Long Range Discrimination Radar program.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

The Pentagon's acting research and engineering chief said this week that terminal-phase guidance and control will be the most important and challenging aspects of an upcoming test of a faster-than-the-speed-of-sound weapon designed to rapidly strike targets that are far away and fleeting.

Inside the Army - 08/04/2014

The upgraded warhead for the Army's multiple rocket launcher system is set for initial operational test and evaluation after successfully completing flight tests in June.

Inside the Army - 08/04/2014

In a recent demonstration for an undisclosed international customer, a Javelin anti-tank missile successfully hit a target after being fired from a remote weapon system integrated with a wheeled vehicle, according to a release from the Javelin Joint Venture team of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The Navy plans to enter into sole-source negotiations with Lockheed Martin to continue maturing the company's Long-Range Anti-Surface Missile for air-launched offensive anti-surface warfare applications, the service announced last week.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The Navy plans to test-launch the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship off the coast of Southern California in September, the Navy confirmed last week.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

Raytheon Missile Systems has completed two critical program reviews for its new Air and Missile Defense Radar, which will be fitted onto the next generation of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, and is moving on to the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program.

Inside the Air Force - 08/01/2014

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board has expressed confidence in the service's ability to field a tactical air-launched hypersonic strike weapon by 2025 and will recommend the Air Force prioritize the development of advanced seeker technology when it publishes its findings in 2015.

Inside the Air Force - 08/01/2014

The Air Force is hoping for a bigger share of the Pentagon budget to help pay for the modernization of its nuclear forces, and that desire will be reflected in the service's next resourcing request to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, senior service leaders said this week.

Inside the Air Force - 08/01/2014

Air Force officials are searching for a contractor who can guarantee that software updates or modifications to the Minuteman III missile "will only perform as intended and not cause any unintended nuclear consequences," according to a recently released solicitation.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/31/2014

The State Department this week notified Congress of a possible $700 million foreign military sale that would provide 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq as the nation battles insurgents.

DefenseAlert - 07/30/2014

The Defense Department is laying plans to demonstrate by 2018 a next-generation bunker-busting bomb armed with a new payload – "kinetic fireball incendiaries" -- that could be used to destroy chemical or biological weapons stored in fortified, underground facilities.

DefenseAlert - 07/25/2014

An ongoing review into why the Pentagon's most advanced Aegis guided missile interceptor failed during a test last fall is holding up a verdict on the operational effectiveness and suitability of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IB, which is needed before the Defense Department can proceed with full-rate production.

Inside the Air Force - 07/25/2014

The Air Force this week laid out its strategy for judging a competition it did not expect to hold regarding the sustainment of its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile propulsion system.

DefenseAlert - 07/24/2014

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is reviewing the Air Force's proposal for how to modernize the ground-based component of the nuclear triad, the results of a recently completed classified Ground Based Strategic Deterrent analysis of alternatives, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/24/2014

Senate appropriators are concerned that the domestic industrial base for rocket motors is being damaged by budget constraints that are killing competition and driving the Defense Department to foreign vendors.

DefenseAlert - 07/22/2014

Total annual spending on the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program is projected to be less than $1 billion by the end of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 five-year spending plan, falling from more than $2 billion in 2008 according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis.