Saturday, November 01, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

A new think tank analysis urges the Army to carve out a special place in its doctrine for launching strikes from the land against faraway maritime and aerial targets.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

India has spurned what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel earlier this year called an "unprecedented offer" to co-develop and co-produce the next generation of Javelin missiles with the United States, opting instead to buy Spike anti-tank systems from Israel.

Inside the Army - 11/03/2014

The Army will award up to two contracts for the development of a multimission launcher to be used in a new air defense system, the service has announced.

Inside the Navy - 11/03/2014

Raytheon recently completed flight tests of its enhanced Griffin C tactical missile that highlighted the weapon's in-flight re-targeting capability and demonstrated its readiness as a solution for the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package, according to a company representative.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

The Pentagon will fail to meet a December 2017 deadline to destroy its entire stockpile of chemical agents and munitions, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers in a semiannual Pentagon report on chemical demilitarization.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

The Defense Department, concerned about "a road-mobile ballistic missile threat" from an unnamed country, is convening a classified meeting with industry next week to explore "time-critical targeting capabilities," an information-gathering exercise that could be a potential precursor event for a new missile defense project.

DefenseAlert - 10/29/2014

The civilian chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration hopes a congressionally mandated panel charged with assessing nuclear enterprise management gaps at NNSA will see recent improvement efforts as evidence of progress.

Inside Missile Defense - 10/29/2014

The Defense Department has revised the test plan for the $41 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, replacing a previously scheduled intercept attempt with a new non-intercept test flight next summer that will further assess capabilities of the Raytheon-developed second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle -- a weapon that successfully hit a target for the first time earlier this year.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

A German parliamentary committee wants the Berlin government to decide this year about a next-generation missile-defense system, weeks after an influential study urged patience.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

With the maiden flight of a 250-foot-long Army surveillance blimp slated for mid-December near Washington, officials overseeing the experiment are touting the system's safety features.

Inside the Navy - 10/27/2014

The Navy awarded Raytheon a $49.5 million contract for the production of the company's enhanced laser-guided Maverick missiles, according to a company statement.

DefenseAlert - 10/24/2014

The Missile Defense Agency on Monday plans to test a new version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System that aims to give the Navy the ability to simultaneously conduct air and ballistic missile defense -- a first-ever integrated capability that, if validated, would allow the nation to efficiently expand the BMD-capable fleet.

DefenseAlert - 10/24/2014

The commander of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula said the miniaturization of a nuclear device and cyberattack were among the "evolving and developing" threats from North Korea that have indefinitely delayed the transfer of operational control in the region to the South Korean military.

Inside the Air Force - 10/24/2014

The Small Diameter Bomb II program office has established a failure review board to determine why the developmental weapon system became unstable and crashed during a live-fire test at White Sands Missile Range, NM, earlier this month.

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.