Thursday, July 24, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
DefenseAlert - 07/24/2014

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is currently 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.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

Funding for Patriot missiles may become a point of contention between House and Senate appropriators after the Senate Appropriations Committee last week allocated $200 million less for the Lockheed Martin-made interceptors than their House counterparts.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

Lockheed Martin received a $212 million contract to provide maintenance and surveillance services on Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles for both the United States and foreign PAC-3 customers, according to a July 14 announcement from the company.

Inside the Air Force - 07/18/2014

The Air Force's UH-1N helicopter squadrons, long limited in their ability to perform demanding missions in the nuclear missile fields, look to be in line for major growth and positive change if Air Force Global Strike Command fully funds and supports a number of recommendations it is in the process of implementing.

Inside the Air Force - 07/18/2014

As the Air Force tries to reshape the culture of its nuclear forces in the wake of a test cheating scandal involving intercontinental ballistic missile launch crews, the service has announced the establishment of a new officer exchange program with the Navy's submarine-launched ballistic missile force.

Inside the Air Force - 07/18/2014

The Air Force is expending AGM-114 Hellfire missiles at a faster rate than they are being delivered to its inventory and the service wants to increase procurement this fiscal year to reverse that trend, according to the Pentagon's latest omnibus reprogramming request.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/17/2014

The Defense Department is asking Congress to move $187.5 million between budget accounts to increase funding to the Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to a document obtained by

DefenseAlert - 07/16/2014

The Air Force office spearheading the development of a new nuclear cruise missile is exploring the feasibility of adapting next-generation manufacturing processes that could leverage advances in digital design to produce low-cost, low-volume products for a Long-Range Standoff weapon.

DefenseAlert - 07/16/2014

The Missile Defense Agency this week formally announced its intent to conduct environmental impact studies of four military bases' readiness to house an East Coast Ground-based Midcourse Defense site.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND -- Raytheon Missile Systems and Norway's Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have teamed up to develop the Joint Strike Missile for air-launched offensive anti-surface warfare applications, the companies announced here on Tuesday.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

Inside the Army - 07/14/2014

Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile took out a moving ground target in a recent test at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, according to the company's vice president for tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems.

DefenseAlert - 07/10/2014

The Defense Department is set to complete the first major technical review of Boeing's proposed tailkit assembly design for the B61 Mod 12 Life Extension Program, a $1.4 billion Air Force program to modernize the aft portion of the nation's tactical nuclear weapon inventory, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/10/2014

The Pentagon in a new report to Congress is dialing back a longstanding assessment that Iran could flight-test by 2015 an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States, an apparent break with U.S. intelligence estimates since 1999.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/10/2014

Poland earlier this month selected offerings from Raytheon and the Eurosam consortium of Thales and MBDA to remain in its competition for a new air and missile defense system, ousting Lockheed Martin's Medium Extended Air Defense System as well as Israel's David's Sling from further consideration.

Inside Missile Defense - 07/09/2014

Raytheon has slashed the price of the Standard Missile-6 by 32 percent over three low-rate initial production buys, according to a company executive.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Defense Acquisition Board has postponed a review of a solicitation for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile's engineering and manufacturing development phase because of scheduling conflicts, according to an Army spokesman.

Inside the Navy - 07/07/2014

The Navy recently awarded a $275 million contract modification to Raytheon Missile Systems to complete its fiscal year 2014 Standard Missile-6 buy, according to a Defense Department contract announcement.

DefenseAlert - 07/03/2014

The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a major follow-on contract to complete the development of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile following the Government Accountability Office's rejection of claims by missile-building rivals Raytheon and Kongsberg that the sole-source action amounted to an end-run around federal acquisition laws and regulations.

DefenseAlert - 07/02/2014

The Defense Department will establish a seven-year, $4.6 billion deal with Raytheon to buy the Standard Missile-3 Block IB between fiscal years 2015 and 2021, a significant expansion of a potential $3 billion acquisition disclosed last fall.

DefenseAlert - 07/01/2014

The Navy is preparing to pack more punch into the Standard Missile-6, giving it an offensive capability by equipping the weapon to utilize satellite-provided location information and providing the Raytheon built-system the ability to strike targets ashore.

DefenseAlert - 06/30/2014

The Defense Department has updated its 2006 global strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction with a greater emphasis on a Pentagon-wide approach rather than a focus on military solutions, though the government still reserves the right to "act unilaterally, if necessary."

Inside the Navy - 06/30/2014

The Missile Defense Agency has assessed the impact of a $370 million cut to Aegis programs from the fiscal year 2015 budget request and stressed it would not delay Standard Missile-3 Block 2A deployment, according to an official.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

Technology developed for the Medium Extended Air Defense System is not ready to be harvested and integrated into the Army's Patriot system or the Integrated Air and Missile Defense architecture, according to a draft Pentagon report to Congress.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

Cuts to the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System's budget proposed by House authorizers and appropriators would undermine the validity of a three-year operational test of the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, that is scheduled to begin at the end of this year, according to a U.S. Northern Command spokeswoman.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Raytheon and Kongsberg that was aimed at forcing the government to compete a follow-on development contract for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency proposed awarding a sole-source deal to Lockheed Martin.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $6.1 billion for new weapons as part of a $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations spending package, hoping to replenish ammunition expended during operations in Afghanistan, replace aircraft and vehicles lost in combat and lift the administration's total FY-15 weapons modernization request from $154 billion to $160 billion.

Inside the Air Force - 06/27/2014

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board is preparing to recommend a "next step" toward developing a hypersonic weapon capability, a SAB official said this week.

DefenseAlert - 06/26/2014

The Air Force has delayed a production decision for the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II, pushing the milestone review for the $4.2 billion program -- being developed by Raytheon -- until no sooner than September and postponing the initial fielding of the weapon by six months, according to a Defense Department report sent to Congress in April.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/26/2014

House lawmakers adopted an amendment to the chamber's defense spending bill on June 20 that prohibits funding of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows unarmed planes to observe United States territory, as long as the United States can do the same to those countries.

DefenseAlert - 06/23/2014

The Missile Defense Agency conducted its first successful intercept test using a second-generation Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle when a Ground-Based Interceptor took out an intermediate-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific on Sunday, paving the way for system contractors to restart production of a new version of the EKV, according to a June 22 Pentagon statement.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

The Office of Naval Research is developing a mobile laser weapon system for use on light tactical vehicles in order to counter a proliferating threat from unmanned aerial vehicles.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

Marines could utilize the Office of Naval Research's new mobile laser weapon system, which is in development for use on ground vehicles, in amphibious operations sometime in the near future, the program manager said last week.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

BAE Systems is poised to ink more than $240 million in foreign military sales contracts with Brazil to upgrade the country's self-propelled howitzers and M113 infantry carriers, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

DefenseAlert - 06/20/2014

Just days after the CEO of United Launch Alliance defended the use of the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine for national security space launches, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has asked the Pentagon whether the price the United States pays for the first-stage engines is excessive.

Inside the Air Force - 06/20/2014

The Air Force has completed its relatively short-duration analysis of alternatives for a follow-on to its legacy Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and will brief the results of that assessment to senior Pentagon leaders shortly, according to an Air Force general officer.

Inside the Air Force - 06/20/2014

After a number of officers responsible for the intercontinental ballistic missile force were implicated in a cheating scandal in January, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she has begun talking to senior Pentagon officials about securing additional resources to address systemic issues within Global Strike Command's ICBM force.

Inside the Air Force - 06/20/2014

The Air Force appears to be in line to achieve a major transition of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile sustainment work within 18 months as hoped, but the service will extend its current sustainment contract into fiscal year 2016 as a result of unexpected changes in its acquisition process.

DefenseAlert - 06/19/2014

The Defense Department on Sunday will conduct a high-stakes missile defense test pivotal to the future of a Raytheon-designed warhead, a key piece of the $41 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense program as well as the Obama administration's plan to bolster reliance on the Ground-Based Interceptor.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/19/2014

While the Medium Extended Air Defense System was canceled for a variety of reasons including program execution problems and a lack of adequate funding, a new Defense Acquisition University study has found that MEADS' failure can be partly traced back to internal conflicts of interest.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/19/2014

The United States' offer to India to jointly develop a next-generation Javelin anti-tank missile, originally proposed to the country last year, is still on the table, according to the Pentagon's top acquisition executive.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

A Lockheed Martin executive last week expressed optimism that the Navy will choose a surface-launched version of the company's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile for the second increment of the service's Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare capability.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

The Missile Defense Agency is working with the Polish government to solve a problem facing the Aegis Ashore sites being built in Poland: how many windmills should be allowed near those sites, according to the agency's director.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

Senate authorizers want a briefing from the Defense Department on the feasibility of deploying a second Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System to another combatant command area of operation, according to their version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Army's decision to waive competitive prototyping in developing its Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 program was "reasonable," according to a June 11 GAO report.

Inside the Army - 06/16/2014

On the eve of a critical intercept test of its Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, the Missile Defense Agency has yet to decide whether to retest the intercept capability of a deployed older variant of the EKV, according to an agency spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 06/12/2014

The Air Force office responsible for developing a new nuclear cruise missile has advanced key ground rules for the Long-Range Standoff weapon, meeting with a dozen companies to stress the importance of reliability and manufacturing and to assure industry of service efforts to buy back as much as a year from a four-year delay imposed on the program due to fiscal year 2015 budget constraints.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/12/2014

House appropriators seek to add $20 million to help test a program designed to strike faraway, fleeting targets on short notice.