Thursday, October 23, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
DefenseAlert - 10/23/2014

A Navy ship testing its Standard Missile-6 interceptors has successfully shot down two anti-ship cruise missile targets prior to its own radar detecting the incoming threats, instead using targeting information from another Aegis ship nearby, according to a Raytheon statement.

Inside the Navy - 10/20/2014

The Australian Defence Forces recently submitted an official letter of request for a foreign military sale of at least 1,000 units of the U.S. Navy's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, according to a BAE Systems official.

DefenseAlert - 10/17/2014

Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

Inside the Air Force - 10/17/2014

Air Force Global Strike Command's bomber test manager has expressed confidence in the reliability and accuracy of the decades-old Air-Launched Cruise Missile following a successful test flight at the Utah Test and Training Range in September.

DefenseAlert - 10/16/2014

The Australian Defence Forces recently submitted an official letter of request for a foreign military sale of at least 1,000 units of the U.S. Navy's Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket, according to a BAE Systems official.

DefenseAlert - 10/15/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed that the Army could "broaden" its role in the Asia-Pacific region by employing precision missiles and air-defense weapons there.

DefenseAlert - 10/15/2014

Preliminary findings of a Pentagon investigation into the failed August test of the Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon have determined a "launch-pad anomaly" to be the culprit while the booster and warhead payload -- destroyed seconds after launch -- operated as expected, according to a senior Army official.

Inside the Navy - 10/13/2014

Textron Systems recently pitched its precision weapon to the Marine Corps and Army after a successful live-fire test at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona aboard a Shadow 200, according to a company executive.

Inside the Army - 10/13/2014

A study commissioned by the German government recommends that Berlin take more time to study its options before settling on an air- and missile-defense modernization program.

DefenseAlert - 10/07/2014

The Navy and Raytheon have executed a new Tomahawk production contract with options to buy significantly more missiles than the service wants, a move that makes room for Congress' desire to sustain higher production rates and raises questions about the viability of the Navy's plan to terminate the weapon's production in FY-16.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

Saudi Arabia is set to become the eighth country to field the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile, as the State Department recently approved a $1.75 billion sale for the Gulf country to buy the enhanced interceptors.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

Army engineers are preparing novel ideas for using the service's artillery, including firing projectiles at unmanned aerial vehicles or installing disposable cameras inside munitions, documents show.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

An Army-sponsored think tank says the service should be positioned to play a greater role in eliminating weapons of mass destruction worldwide.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

The Army may soon buy interface kits that will allow Patriot units to work within the Integrated Air and Missile Defense System.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Navy is said to be exploring options for fielding the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II sooner than planned by integrating the developmental weapon with the F/A-18 Super Hornet before its threshold aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Raytheon executives, the Navy has asked the company to develop a schedule for SDB II integration with the E- and F-model F/A-18s, which are currently "objective" aircraft.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Navy recently deployed a solid-state laser for the first time from a ship at sea, according to a service spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 10/03/2014

The Missile Defense Agency has launched a planned $705 million, five-year project to revamp the Ground-based Midcourse Defense exoatmospheric kill vehicle, soliciting industry proposals for the redesign of 10 different EKV components -- an effort that could produce a contract in fiscal year 2015 to replace the current Raytheon-built, kinetic-energy warhead and begin flight tests as soon as FY-18.

Inside the Air Force - 10/03/2014

The Air Force plans to deliver a range of general purpose bombs with "cast ductile iron warheads" as a near-term solution for defeating wide-area targets as the Defense Department's phaseout of cluster munitions comes into effect.

Inside the Air Force - 10/03/2014

The Air Force is in the midst of conducting live-fire test and evaluation for a 25 mm cannon ammunition that will serve as the F-35A's combat munition round, and expects to make an initial production decision in late 2016.

Inside the Air Force - 10/03/2014

Raytheon said this week that it is confident in the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II program's ability to move from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to low-rate production after successfully completing a live-fire test last week.

DefenseAlert - 10/02/2014

The Air Force is poised to ramp up production of its most advanced cruise missile following the "favorable outcome" of a full-rate production review, setting the stage for a December contract award to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for the Joint-Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range and locking in a 10-year plan to buy more than 3,000 of the stealthy missiles.

DefenseAlert - 09/30/2014

The Navy recently deployed a solid-state laser for the first time from a ship at sea, according to a Navy spokesman.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

Strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria last week that used dozens of Raytheon's Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles may embolden supporters of the program on Capitol Hill to renew efforts to urge the Navy to rethink its proposal to lop off five years of planned purchases of the weapon.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

A newly begun Pentagon review of the Army's air and missile defense plans has Lockheed Martin hopeful that its previously rejected Medium Extended Air Defense System could make a return.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

Companies vying to redesign the "kill vehicle" atop U.S. long-range missile interceptors have been asked to refine their offers based on new government guidance, a defense-industry official said.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

Raytheon has forged an agreement with Germany's Jenoptik to cooperate on missile defense projects, as the U.S. defense giant moves to strengthen its ties with German industry ahead of Berlin's anticipated selection of a new air and missile defense system this fall.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

Qatar will soon become the seventh international buyer of Patriot Advanced Capability-3, as the interceptors are included in an $11 billion arms deal the Defense Department struck with the Gulf nation earlier this year.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

The next version of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense's interceptor could use two motors to improve its velocity and ability to change direction mid-flight, according to Lockheed Martin officials.

Inside the Air Force - 09/26/2014

The future replacement for the LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile will be a flexible weapon system that utilizes the existing silo network and launch control facilities, according to the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Inside the Air Force - 09/26/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is moving ahead with the design and demonstration of a boost-glide hypersonic strike weapon system after selecting Raytheon and Lockheed Martin as the lead industry partners for the Tactical Boost Glide program.

DefenseAlert - 09/25/2014

In a tight budget scenario, defense officials have to be careful to not "crowd out" funding for conventional systems with money set aside for nuclear capabilities, according to the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

DefenseAlert - 09/24/2014

The Navy successfully launched the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship on Sept. 23, the service announced.

DefenseAlert - 09/24/2014

The Defense Department has notified Congress of a potential $500 million sale to Poland of Lockheed Martin services and equipment to upgrade the NATO ally's F-16 fleet, a package that could give the Eastern European nation, which shares a border with Ukraine, the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

The Army is expected to release a solicitation for the Joint Air-To-Ground Missile's engineering and manufacturing development phase within the next few weeks, according to an industry official with knowledge of the matter.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

The Army wants to make components of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System available to international customers before the engineering and manufacturing development phase is complete, and a service official is awaiting word on the Army's plans from the committee in charge of protecting critical defense technologies.

Inside the Army - 09/22/2014

Following the first successful intercept of a target ballistic missile using a second-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle in a June test, the $41 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense program is at an "inflection point," Boeing executives said during a Sept. 18 roundtable with reporters.

Inside the Navy - 09/22/2014

The Air and Missile Defense Radar program successfully completed its second major design review late last month, the Navy announced, and remains on track for delivery to the next generation of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers.

Inside the Air Force - 09/19/2014

As industry teams announced this week their intentions to participate in the Air Force's advanced rocket engine development program, service officials stressed the urgency of gathering market input and developing an accelerated acquisition plan as soon as this fall.

Inside the Air Force - 09/19/2014

The commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center has labeled the current process for sustaining the Minuteman III nuclear missile system "ineffective" and said the process must become more predictive and centrally managed going forward.

Inside the Air Force - 09/19/2014

The head of Air Force Global Strike Command said he expects the Pentagon to settle on a materiel solution for replacing or upgrading the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile system within 15 months.

DefenseAlert - 09/18/2014

The Air Force is preparing to launch a new, five-year project to bolster the U.S. military's premier air-to-air missile, announcing plans to award sole-source contracts to Raytheon to enhance the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) against evolving electronic warfare threats.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/18/2014

Norway will be joining a number of U.S. allies as part of an agreement to help develop international cooperation in maritime missile defense projects, according to a new letter sent to lawmakers.

DefenseAlert - 09/17/2014

The head of Air Force Global Strike Command said he expects the Pentagon to settle on a materiel solution for replacing or upgrading the Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile system within 15 months.

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.