Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
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.

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.