Monday, April 21, 2014
Missiles & Munitions
Tracking Army, Navy and Air Force missile programs
Inside the Army - 04/21/2014

The Army is gauging industry's interest in supporting the engineering and manufacturing development and production phases of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Multi-Mission Launcher, as well as alternative missile interceptors, according to an April 3 request for information.

Inside the Navy - 04/21/2014

Raytheon is developing a longer-range, fire-and-forget version of its Griffin tactical missile, with an eye toward eventually deploying the weapon as part of the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship surface warfare mission package, Inside the Navy has learned.

Inside the Navy - 04/21/2014

The Navy delivered its modernized Digital Rocket Launcher to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 last month for integration on board MH-60S helicopters, a Navy official said earlier this month, with plans to deploy the "smart" system on MH-60R helicopters and potentially other platforms in the future.

DefenseAlert - 04/18/2014

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying by one year its plans to seek congressional permission for a $3 billion multiyear purchase of Raytheon's newest guided missile because the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program has not yet met statutory requirements for such a contractual arrangement, according to an agency spokesman.

Inside the Air Force - 04/18/2014

The Air Force could begin removing Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles from their operational silos as soon as next year to comply with the terms of the New START treaty, in line with White House and Office of the Secretary of Defense guidance released last week.

Inside the Air Force - 04/18/2014

The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting input from industry to help it move closer to new laser live-fire demonstrations, possibly on multiple platforms.

DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/17/2014

A lack of planning for the deployment of initial missile defense systems through the European Phased Adaptive Approach has led to implementation issues and could compromise future capabilities, the Government Accountability Office states in a new report.

Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

The Medium Extended Air Defense System demonstrated interoperability with the Army's Integrated Battle Command System in testing conducted late last year, according to a Lockheed Martin official.

Inside the Navy - 04/14/2014

The Navy is working with the Army on potential ground combat applications for the electromagnetic railgun, according to Navy officials.

Inside the Navy - 04/14/2014

The Navy will be opting for Lockheed Martin's Longbow Hellfire missile over Raytheon's Griffin missile to support the surface warfare (SuW) mission package for the Littoral Combat Ship due to its targeting capabilities, according to a program official.

Inside the Air Force - 04/11/2014

Senior nuclear policy officials from the Navy and Air Force this week told Congress they have a cooperative program in place to ensure the industrial base for nuclear missile motors remains healthy, but the Navy in particular is concerned about its viability and cost.

Inside the Air Force - 04/11/2014

The Air Force is exploring options to potentially increase its inventory of precision-lethality BLU-129B bombs and it is conducting market research to identify American companies that are capable of doing the work.

DefenseAlert - 04/10/2014

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives will meet later this month with the Missile Defense Agency to discuss a new ballistic missile defense ship concept based on an LPD Flight II hull design, a capability the shipbuilder believes could contribute to Ballistic Missile Defense System improvements being considered by the Pentagon for the early 2020s.

DefenseAlert - 04/08/2014

Reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons to comply with the follow-on Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty would cost $301.1 million through fiscal year 2018, according to a new Defense Department report to Congress.

DefenseAlert - 04/07/2014

The Navy is working with the Army on potential ground combat applications for the electromagnetic railgun, according to Navy officials.

Inside the Navy - 04/07/2014

On the heels of the Navy's decision in its fiscal year 2015 budget request to lop off five years of planned Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile buys, Raytheon officials last week expressed concern that the reduction will hurt the industrial base, weakening the Navy's ability to restart the production line at a later date.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has approved the start of low-rate initial production of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhanced missile.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

A reduction in the size and weight of high-energy laser technology is making it possible for General Atomics to realistically consider integrating an airborne laser with its Predator C Avenger Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle, creating what is fondly known as a HEL Avenger, a company official said.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

The acting chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration told Congress this week that the NNSA has built a better line of communication with the high-level Nuclear Weapons Council in recent months in an attempt to ensure all relevant points of view across the nuclear enterprise are available to senior decision makers.

DefenseAlert - 04/03/2014

The Air Force has crafted a plan to develop "new mission sets" for Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition program and more than double its JDAM spending over five years.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/03/2014

U.S. Strategic Command's new half-billion-dollar headquarters is 17 percent complete and is on track to finish construction in fall 2016, despite the Defense Department's recent budget cuts.

DefenseAlert - 04/02/2014

The Pentagon is delaying a full-rate production review of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IB pending an investigation of a September failure that could lead to the modification of a component also used in the deployed Block IA variant of the missile.

DefenseAlert - 04/02/2014

While a Pentagon "failure review board" continues to analyze the cause of a failed intercept test of the deployed Ground-based Midcourse Defense system last July, the Defense Department has zeroed in on the exoatmospheric kill vehicle's battery as the reason for the mishap.

Inside Missile Defense - 04/02/2014

Raytheon is continuing its upgrade of the Missile Defense Agency's AN/TPY-2 radar hardware and software to improve the system's signal and data processing capabilities, according to a company spokesman.

Inside the Navy - 03/31/2014

Top Navy officials suggested last week that the Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile has reached the end of its shelf life, and efforts are underway to develop a replacement weapon with more sophisticated capabilities.

Inside the Navy - 03/31/2014

The chief of naval research expressed confidence last week on Capitol Hill that if an upcoming demonstration of the Navy's solid-state laser weapon system aboard a surface vessel meets expectations, the Navy will deploy the system on additional ship platforms.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon last week briefed the Polish government and industry on potential air and missile defense systems as the country accelerates its plan to competitively select a system amid rising tensions between neighboring Ukraine and Russia, according to an industry source and Polish media reports.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

While U.S. Northern Command is preparing to start an operational exercise with one Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) last week questioned why there are no plans to deploy the second existing JLENS system.

DefenseAlert - 03/28/2014

The Pentagon has approved the Army's plan to begin a technology maturation and risk-reduction phase of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 program that will focus on the development of a multi-mission launcher, according to an acquisition decision memorandum.

Inside the Air Force - 03/28/2014

The Air Force's munitions acquisition office is conducting market research to identify contractors capable of integrating the new seeker-guided Small Diameter Bomb II onto a variety of bomber, fighter and ground-attack aircraft including the MQ-9 unmanned combat air vehicle, according to a March 21 sources-sought notice.

Inside the Air Force - 03/28/2014

The Air Force's director of force requirements detailed the effectiveness of the precision munitions being employed on operations in Afghanistan and spoke about the service's areas of emphasis for bomb development at a recent Precision Strike Association conference in Springfield, VA.

DefenseAlert - 03/27/2014

The Air Force has fired nine mid-level officers and accepted the resignation of a tenth in the fallout from a cheating scandal at a Montana Air Force base that operates intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/27/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has put out a call for industry's help to develop and demonstrate technologies as part of a program that seeks to strike faraway, fleeting targets on short notice.

Inside the Navy - 03/24/2014

Raytheon Missile Systems and Norway's Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have filed a joint bid protest of the Defense Department's decision to award Lockheed Martin a major follow-on development contract to prepare its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile for production after rejecting bids from Raytheon and Kongsberg for alternative weapons, Inside the Navy has learned.

Inside the Navy - 03/24/2014

The Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Ashore program office anticipates releasing a few request for proposals related to its Poland site with the first targeted for April and a contract award in September, according to briefing slides presented at a March 11 industry day.

Inside the Navy - 03/24/2014

The Navy's fiscal year 2015 budget lops off $1.8 billion and five years of planned Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile purchases, "suspending" the production of one of Raytheon's franchise products as well as one of the Pentagon's most recognized weapons, while pledging $360 million to begin work on a replacement "next-generation land-attack weapon."

Inside the Army - 03/24/2014

An Army colonel said the service hopes to release an analysis of alternatives by the end of the year that will determine whether it will move forward with a plan to develop a new guided rocket system.

Inside the Army - 03/24/2014

The Army is looking at the possibility of eliminating redundant fires systems to save money and increase efficiency, though which systems will find themselves on the chopping block has yet to be decided, according to an Army development programmer.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/20/2014

The results of a planned August test of a hypersonic weapon capable of striking faraway, fleeting targets on short notice could help drive the Defense Department's plans for its multimillion-dollar Conventional Prompt Global Strike program.

Inside the Pentagon - 03/20/2014

Three factors relating to the Missile Defense Agency's acquisition process with the European Phased Adaptive Approach may delay some capabilities of the program and create technical risks, according to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office.

DefenseAlert - 03/19/2014

The Pentagon plans to award Lockheed Martin a major follow-on development contract to prepare the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile for production after rejecting bids from two other companies angling to supplant Lockheed's offering with alternative weapons.

Inside Missile Defense - 03/19/2014

With the 12th and final AN/TPY-2 X-band radar now under contract, Raytheon's ability to produce additional units will quickly begin to "degrade" beginning this summer, a company executive warned this week.

Inside Missile Defense - 03/19/2014

Less that two weeks after revealing plans to develop and field by 2020 a new radar to track enemy ballistic missiles in mid flight, the Missile Defense Agency has announced how it will launch the Long Range Discrimination Radar program by soliciting ideas from industry.

DefenseAlert - 03/17/2014

The Army plans to launch a major competitive modernization program in 2017 for an active electronically scanned array (AESA) upgrade to its marquee air defense system radar, the service has disclosed in new budget documents.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

The Army is pushing back the initial operational capability date for its Integrated Air and Missile Defense program from fiscal year 2016 to FY-18 due to sequestration and budget cuts, according to the service's FY-15 budget documents.

Inside the Air Force - 03/14/2014

The Air Force is finalizing preparations to field its first batch of extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles in April, and the service's chief weapons acquisition officer is confident that Air Combat Command will declare initial operational capability on the cruise missile shortly after.

Inside the Air Force - 03/14/2014

The Air Force's chief weapons acquisition officer is confident the AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile variant will be fielded later this year as recently-released service budget documents show an increase in procurement for that missile over the future years defense plan.

Inside the Air Force - 03/14/2014

The Air Force and Navy are "monitoring" efforts by Boeing to produce a modular wing unit to give their legacy Joint Direct Attack Munition guided bomb kits an extended-range capability, the Air Force's chief weapons acquisition officer said.

DefenseAlert - 03/13/2014

The Pentagon has overhauled the acquisition strategy for a new big-ticket missile program, dividing the Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare capability into two parts by selecting Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile to be the first OASuW increment and establishing a competition for a second OASuW increment.