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Nov 17 16 1:08 AM
USN plans extended range JSOW testRichard Scott, London - IHS Jane's Navy International16 November 2016 Key Points :* NAVAIR plans a contract award to Raytheon in early 2017 for JSOW ER all-up-round test support* Scope of work includes adding a production-representative engine/fuel/inlet system, and software modifications to optimise mid-course/endgame performanceThe US Navy (USN) is finalising plans to move forward with testing of a powered, extended-range variant of Raytheon's air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).In a pre-solicitation notice posted on 8 November, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said that the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA 201) intended to enter into sole-source negotiations with Raytheon Missile Systems for a JSOW Extended Range (JSOW ER) all-up-round (AUR) flight test programme.
Notice of Intent to Sole Source PMA-201 Joint Standoff Weapon Extended RangeSolicitation Number: N00019-17-RFPREQ-PMA-201-0071Agency: Department of the NavyOffice: Naval Air Systems CommandLocation: NAVAIR HQNov 08, 201610:51 am Solicitation Number:N00019-17-RFPREQ-PMA-201-0071Notice Type:PresolicitationSynopsis:Added: Nov 08, 2016 10:51 amTHIS SYNOPSIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) intends to enter into sole source negotiations and subsequently issue a sole source contract to Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), Tucson, AZ. This effort is estimated for award in the first quarter of calendar year 2017 to with Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) for a performance period of twenty-four months. This effort is to conduct a flight test demonstration of an extended range capability for the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) AGM-154C-1 All Up Round (AUR). The upgrade includes hardware modification to add a production representative engine/fuel/inlet system to the AGM-154C-1 variant as well as software modification to optimize midcourse and endgame performance for the powered JSOW.THIS NOTICE IS NOT A REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS. This acquisition is being pursued on a sole source basis under the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements. Unless stated herein, no additional information is available. Requests for the same will be disregarded. Responsible interested parties may submit a capability statement in which they identify their interest and capability to respond to this requirement. The Government will consider all information received by the response date. A determination by the Government not to compete this procurement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government.
Nov 17 16 1:17 AM
Small Cracks in 'Excalibur' Artillery Rounds Prompt Closer Look By The ArmyBy: Jen Judson, November 15, 2016WASHINGTON -- The Army is scrambling to correct a defect detected in some Excalibur artillery shells first discovered in December 2015, the service said in response to questions from Defense News. Raytheon is the manufacturer of the Excalibur 155 mm guided artillery shell. The current variant has been in full-rate production since 2014. Excalibur is a popular munition for its range and accuracy and has been used in Afghanistan.A minor crack was discovered in an Excalibur projectile’s high-explosive material inside the warhead during routine stockpile surveillance testing. The problematic projectile was manufactured in 2007, but the Army subsequently found more cracks in newer production munitions as well, according to Audra Calloway, a spokeswoman at Picatinny Arsenal, home of the Excalibur program office. As a precaution, the Army is using X-ray to screen all of its Excalibur projectiles at one of its ammunition plants in the US and “options are being reviewed” on whether it’s feasible to X-ray projectiles deployed with soldiers on the front lines, according to Calloway. An investigation is ongoing to determine the root cause of the defect, she added. At the same time, corrective actions are being taken to assure future projectiles do not have the same problem. “The most probable cause is from the loads induced on the High Explosive billet after assembly into the warhead body that results from production process variations,” according to Calloway. The Army said the cracks “so far” have not had an impact on “form, fit, function or safety,” Calloway said. “Extremely large cracks” in the warhead’s explosive material can increase the risk of a warhead detonating early during gun firing, she said. “The range of impacts depends on the severity of the premature functioning, but could range from weapon damage to personnel injury or death.” But because the cracks found in the Excalibur munitions thus far have been small, “there likely would have been no problem,” if they had been fired, Calloway added. “However, the size of the crack did exceed the system specifications and would have increased the risk beyond the one-in-a-million norm,” she stated. Calloway noted that no projectile warheads have malfunctioned during any combat, developmental or surveillance activity in either the US or in combat zones. The X-ray screening and “minor” changes made to avoid cracks in the future will not affect the contract unit cost of the projectile or any new production schedules, she added. The Navy is considering -- among several options -- the Excalibur munition to replace the Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP) that was to be used in the guns of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer because the LRLAP was determined to be too expensive at $800,000 per round or more.
Nov 17 16 1:46 AM
Raytheon launches JSOW-ER talks with Stork Fokker14 FEBRUARY, 2008 BY: STEPHEN TRIMBLE WASHINGTON DCRaytheon is discussing co-development of a powered version of the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon with Dutch aerospace firm Stork Fokker, with the cruise missile design to offer a range of 555km (300nm).The US company has launched the JSOW-ER programme without a launch order, but hopes the maritime and land attack weapon will attract domestic and foreign customers. The missile will have a unit cost of $350,000, excluding development charges.Stork Fokker is holding "initial licensing discussions", although the nature of its role is not yet determined, says John O'Brien, Raytheon's JSOW programme director.The new weapon is an outgrowth of the baseline JSOW missile that has sold 2,500 copies to the USN and 500 to the US Air Force, although the latter has dropped out of the programme.The proposed cruise missile development retains the same dimensions and about 475kg (1,050lb) weight as the unpowered weapon, but adds aHamilton Sundstrand TJ150 turbojet engine, flush inlet, exhaust cone and fuel.Each added pound of weight must be offset with equal reductions elsewhere in the weapon. Raytheon has not settled on a firm configuration for JSOW-ER, but a priority is to keep the same amount of high-energy explosive fill in its blast/fragmentation-penetrator warhead, says O'Brien.Hamilton Sundstrand has conducted two ground tests of the TJ150 - the same engine that powers Raytheon's Miniature Air-Launched Decoy. Those results, plus forthcoming ground tests, will help the manufacturer determine the new weapon's weight and thrust requirements to meet range goals.The JSOW-ER also remains Raytheon's official alternative to the USAF's troubled Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.The Office of the Secretary of Defense last year invited competitors to propose alternatives in case technical glitches forced the project to be cancelled. Lockheed has subsequently completed several successful JASSM tests, but the weapon's fate will remain undecided until at least April.
RAYTHEON COMPLETES SECOND SUCCESSFUL ENGINE TEST OF JOINT STANDOFF WEAPON EXTENDED RANGEJSOW-ER to provide warfighters with easily integrated, affordable, viable weaponSAN DIEGO, Feb. 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range missile moved one step closer to powered flight testing when Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully conducted a second ground test of the JSOW-ER engine at the facility of Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, late last year.The Raytheon- and Hamilton Sundstrand-funded test evaluated a flush inlet, engine and exhaust design. This test keeps the JSOW-ER on track for further functional ground tests, a captive carry flight test in 2008, and a free- flight demonstration in 2009.JSOW-ER, which comprises a portion of Raytheon's response to the Air Force's request for information for alternative solutions to the Joint Air-to- Surface Standoff Missile, is a proposed variant of the combat-proven JSOW, with a price goal of $350,000 per unit."JSOW-ER provides the warfighter an affordable extended-range missile that is essentially a spiral of Raytheon's combat-proven glide JSOW," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Strike product line. "It can be easily integrated onto any aircraft that can carry JSOW and will give the warfighter a 300-nautical mile missile with the same netted weapon capability and maritime interdiction capability currently in development for the JSOW C-1."JSOW-ER's affordability and longer range can, in large part, be attributed to the weapon's 150-pound thrust class Hamilton Sundstrand engine. The engine, which is the same one used in Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy, will help keep the JSOW-ER affordable while reducing the MALD's(TM) cost per unit, thanks to economies of scale. JSOW-ER will also incorporate the same cost initiatives that reduced the unit cost of JSOW Block II by more than 25 percent.Raytheon Company, with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 85 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.With 2006 revenues of $5 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand, a division of United Technologies Corporation, employs approximately 18,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries.Note to Editor:JSOW is a joint Navy and Air Force program. It is a family of low-cost air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS/Inertial Navigation System that guides the weapon to the target. The JSOW uses a common and modular weapon body capable of carrying various payloads. Its long standoff range allows delivery from well outside the lethal range of most enemy air defenses.The AGM-154A, or JSOW-A variant, dispenses BLU-97 combined-effect bomblets for use against soft and area targets. The program completed production mid- 2007 and is integrated on the F/A-18, F-16, F-15E, B-2 and B-52 aircraft. JSOW A-1 has a BLU-111 warhead (insensitive MK-82) and is primarily for the international market. Turkey ordered 50 in 2006.More than 400 JSOW-As have been used in combat operations, including Iraqi Freedom. The AGM-154C, or JSOW-C variant, incorporates an imaging infrared seeker for high precision and a multistage warhead, which has both a blast- fragmentation and hard-target penetration effect.JSOW-C is in full-rate production and achieved initial operational capability in February 2005 with the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. It is currently being produced for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps' F/A-18 Hornets and has been ordered by Poland and Turkey for use on F-16 Fighting Falcons.The JSOW AGM-154C-1 variant recently entered the system design and development phase.The JSOW program recently celebrated six years of uninterrupted and on- time deliveries, with more than 3,000 weapons produced.
Raytheon Completes Free Flight of JSOW-ERThe JSOW-ER is a powered variant of the combat-proven glide JSOW(Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Sea Test Range, Calif., November 2, 2009) -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Navy completed the first free-flight demonstration of the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range air-to-surface precision guided missile.The JSOW-ER is a powered variant of the combat-proven glide JSOW. It takes the GPS-inertial navigation system reliability of existing JSOW variants and combines it with the network-enabled maritime-interdiction capabilities currently in development for the JSOW C-1. The JSOW-ER also integrates the Hamilton-Sundstrand TJ-150 engine, currently in production for Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy."JSOW-ER will provide the warfighter with a powered spiral of JSOW C-1, extending the range of the weapon from 70 nautical miles (81 statute miles) to 300 nautical miles (345 statute miles)," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems Air Warfare Systems' product line. "Because JSOW-ER has the same outer mold lines and mass properties of the glide JSOW, it can be integrated on any aircraft capable of carrying glide JSOW. The cost of integration is negligible and the impact is reduced."Launched from a U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft, the JSOW-ER flew more than 260 nautical miles (almost 300 statute miles), meeting all test objectives."Though not a program of record, the capability and utility of a powered JSOW was clearly demonstrated by this free-flight demonstration," said Capt. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy's Precision Strike Weapons program manager.
LET US COMPETEMICHAEL SIRAKAir Force Magazine6/21/2013Le Bourget, France—Indications coming out of the Office of the Secretary of Defense are that Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Surface Missile is the heir apparent to be the US military's next-generation air-launched anti-ship missile, said Harry Schulte, Raytheon's vice president of air warfare systems. Trouble is, there's been no open competition to fill this need and Raytheon believes its Joint Stand Off Weapon Extended Range concept is a low-risk, more affordable option, he said during a media briefing here on June 19. "Give us a chance to compete on this," said Schulte. Raytheon officials think JSOW-ER "would be perhaps a third or a fourth of the cost" of LRASM, he said. "If LRASM beats us, then LRASM beats us, but you ought to have to beat us," he said. To date, maturation of JSOW-ER—a powered version of the baseline JSOW already in service with the Navy—has occurred on Raytheon's own dime. Schulte made a similar case against LRASM becoming the Navy's future ship-launched anti-ship missile without a competition, arguing that a modified variant of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missile "could be quicker and cheaper and less risk" to field.
Nov 25 16 7:07 PM
Geospectrum Awarded Contract To Supply TRAPS Variable Depth Sonar To Royal Canadian NavyPublished: Friday, 25 November 2016 12:43 GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that is has received a contract through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. Defence Research and Development Canada will test the TRAPS (Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar) variable depth ASW sonar on Royal Canadian Navy ships. The Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar system was developed as a single-tow Vertical Projector Array (VPA) to eliminate the need for the special handling required to deploy and retrieve towed VPAs. By reeling the specially-designed projector directly onto the winch drum, special overboarding equipment, ship time, and manpower are greatly reduced while productivity and relevant data collection is improved. GeoSpectrum image. TRAPS is an innovative towed compact, low-cost, active-passive, variable-depth sonar for submarine, torpedo and surface-ship detection. TRAPS’ unique operational advantage is an active sound source that operates as a vertical projector array– a smaller version of that used for larger open ocean variable depth sonars- but stows on a winch drum with the receive array and tow cable. Thus, a deployment/recovery system is not required, significantly reducing the size and cost.TRAPS can be supplied for a permanent ship fit, and can also be housed in a 20 ft ISO container for rapid deployment on multi-mission vessels, providing flexibility and force scaling options not currently available in the market. The vertical projector array sound source produces vertical directivity which is key for optimal source directivity and rapid search. The modular design of TRAPS provides a variety of installation options, including containerization on multi-mission vessels and standard deck-mounting. Curtiss Wright image. This inherent benefit of TRAPS meets the defined and growing need for low cost, compact ASW sensor systems that can be fitted to small combatants, offshore patrol vessels, and even militarized commercial vesselsand unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).“We’re very excited about having the opportunity to test a TRAPS system on a Canadian Navy ship”, said Paul Yeatman, GeoSpectrum’s President. “Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Royal Canadian Navy will be able to test a portable ASW sonar system that can be operated from vessels of opportunity, including our Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs) and the new Arctic Operations Vessel (AOPV). We are looking forward to leveraging this project to access the international market for towed ASW sensors and creating jobs in Canada.”
Nov 26 16 2:16 PM
Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system productionPublished: Saturday, 26 November 2016 11:13 The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization. Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system The information about the Koalitsiya-F howitzer appeared in the media back to 2006, the press office added. "Russia’s Burevestnik Central Research Institute [an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary] has worked out proposals concerning the development of the Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne system and submitted them to the Navy,"the press office said. "As of today, a decision to organize work for the production of the prototype Koalitsiya-F howitzer has not been made by the Navy yet," the press office added. As it was reported earlier, the Koalitsiya-F howitzer may become the main weapon of Russian Navy large ships. There were plans to mount it on the Project 23560 destroyer that is currently being designed. According to expert Prokhor Tebin, such weapons are not typical for advanced foreign-made ships. "The United States sometimes shows interest in large-caliber guns but it focuses on guided and high-velocity projectiles," the expert said. "The sole exception is the Advanced Gun System (AGS) mounted on Zumwalt-class destroyers. However, this system will not be produced in high volume for obvious reasons," he added. © Copyright 2016 TASS. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV is the new generation of Russian-made self-propelled tracked howitzer Comment by Navy RecognitionThe Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system project is based on the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV 152mm self-propelled tracked howitzer of the Russian army. The 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV tracked self-propelled howitzer is fitted with a single 2A88 152mm cannon. It has a maximum firing range of 30 km with standard ammunitions and around 40 km with rocket-assisted projectile. It has also a fully automated ammunition loading and handling system with 8 rounds per minute rate of fire.The naval variant "Koalitsiya-F" has a dual 152mm gun arrangement. It is said to have been researched in the 1990ies at the same time of the R&D work for Koalitsiya-SV (land variant) by the leading developer - CRI "Petrel" (Nizhny Novgorod), in conjunction with the "Ural Plant of Transport Engineering" (Nizhny Tagil), TSNIIM and "Uralvagonzavod". Koalitsiya-SV first public appearance was in 2005 during rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade.In 2002, the German Navy evaluated a modified PzH2000 155mm howitzer system known as MONARC (Modular Naval Artillery Concept) on the Type 124 Sachsen class frigate Hamburg. While the system performed well, components were difficult to protect against corrosion.MONARC (PzH2000) tests in 2002 with a Sachsen class frigate of the German Navy. HDW picture.
Dec 2 16 6:54 PM
Canadian Army Taking High-Precision, Judicious Approach to Artillery(Source: Canadian Army; issued Dec 1, 2016)OTTAWA, Ontario --- Canadian Army (CA) artillery gunners will soon have a new tool to help them shoot more precisely with older ammunition. The CA has high-precision shells in its arsenal: successful tests of global positioning system (GPS)-guided Excalibur 155 mm rounds were conducted two years ago, proving pinpoint accuracy up to 30 kilometres away. However, these cost as much as 10 times more than conventional shells, so Army officials are adopting a new device that increases accuracy and can be attached to relatively inexpensive conventional 155 mm shells. Decreased cost is only one of the benefits that come with improved accuracy: as Major Travis Maxwell explained, first round surprise and reducing the risk of collateral damage are also important advantages. Safety is also greatly improved as the projectile will not detonate if the shell lands outside the target area. Called the Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) from U.S.-based manufacturer Orbital ATK, this piece of add-on equipment simply attaches to the fuse (detonation device) of a conventional projectile. It provides additional safety and guidance features and technology that allow for course corrections as it flies. In addition to the pinpoint accuracy capability of the GPS technology, PGK has flight-stabilizing wing-like projections known as canards. Maj Maxwell, who is part of the Lightweight Towed Howitzer Project through which the CA is acquiring the PGK for its 37 M777C1 Howitzers. When using conventional rounds on a small target, he explained, there is a comparatively large area around the target where the shell may fall due to many influences on a projectile’s trajectory. “We measure multiple factors that affect a conventional projectile and use sophisticated software to model the trajectory, but, without guidance, hitting a point target is very difficult,” he said. “The Army bought Excalibur, which is specifically designed for precision. It provides an incredible capability, but at a significant cost. The PGK is a capability that bridges the gap between the two.” The precision and reliability of the PGK has already been proven through various tests. The main purpose for the trial in November at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, according to Maj Maxwell, is to demonstrate the successful integration between it and the Canadian Digital Gun Management System, which enables the crew to destroy targets in a very precise manner at all range distances. Various organizations across the Department of National Defence supported a successful trial in November, including the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, who had the opportunity to live fire the first PGK in Canada. The trial results were captured by Defence Research and Development Canada (Suffield) and the Munitions and Experimental Test Centre (Valcartier) with a variety of impressive technology, from high-speed cameras to projectile tracking radar and will be analyzed in the coming weeks.
Dec 17 16 12:33 PM
The Philippines – AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D Air Search Radars(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued Dec 14, 2016)WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines for AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D Air Search Radars and related equipment, support, and training. The estimated cost is $25 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 12, 2016. The Government of the Philippines has requested a possible sale of two (2) AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe 3D Air Search Radars, support services, including installation services, operator training, system operational testing, and documentation. The total estimated program cost is $25 million. The Philippines seeks to increase its Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) capabilities in order to improve monitoring of its vast territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). An effective Philippine MDA capability strengthens its self-defense capabilities and supports regional stability and U.S. national interests. This sale is consistent with U.S. regional objectives and will further enhance interoperability with the U.S. Navy, build upon a longstanding cooperative effort with the United States, and provide an enhanced capability with a valued partner in a geographic region of critical importance to the U.S. government. The AN/SPS-77 Air Search Radars will be used to provide an enhanced ability to detect and track air contacts. The radars will be installed on two Hamilton-class cutters acquired through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. The Philippines will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be VSE and Saab. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. or contractor representatives to the Philippines. U.S. contractors, under U.S. government oversight, will be in the Philippines for installation and associated support of this new radar on these Philippine Navy ships. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded. (ends)
US Approves $25 Million Radar Sale to Philippines(Source: Voice of America News; issued Dec 14, 2016)WASHINGTON --- The U.S. government has approved the sale to the government of the Philippines of two Sea Giraffe radars and related equipment, support and training for about $25 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Wednesday. The Philippines requested the sale to improve monitoring of its territorial waters. The radars will be installed on two Philippines Navy ships and the [principal] contractors will be VSE Corp and Saab. The radar sale will allow the Philippines to beef up its maritime security and helps reinforce an important U.S. regional security relationship at a time when Washington is concerned about what it sees as China's overreaching claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines has for decades been one of the closest U.S. allies in Asia, but the relationship has been strained recently as President Rodrigo Duterte has voiced disdain and mistrust of Washington while U.S. officials are worried over potential human rights violations under his government. The U.S. Congress was informed of the radar sale and did not object. A recent sale of assault rifles to the Philippines' national police was blocked in the U.S. Senate over concerns that they could be used against civilians.
Dec 17 16 12:56 PM
Lockheed Martin's Modernized TACMS Missile Repeats Success in Second Flight TestDALLAS, Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully tested a second modernized Tactical Missile System (TACMS) missile in a flight at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The test follows closely behind the successful first flight of a modernized TACMS in late October. Five more flight tests are planned in coming months for the modernized TACMS program.Launched from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher at a target approximately 85 kilometers away, the modernized TACMS precisely engaged and destroyed the target, demonstrating the missile's Proximity Sensor Height of Burst enhancement. An additional feature of the new modernized TACMS is the ability to deliver increased lethality against imprecisely located targets."This second successful test in a row further validates the capability enhancements we are making to the TACMS round," said Scott Greene, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are absolutely confident that when called upon, these modernized TACMS will provide an unmatched level of precision and lethality to our warfighters."As part of the U.S. Army's TACMS Service Life Extension Program inventory refurbishment effort, the modernized missile includes new state-of-the-art guidance electronics and added capability to defeat area targets without leaving behind unexploded ordnance. The TACMS modernization process disassembles and demilitarizes TACMS Block 1 and 1A submunition warheads, which do not comply with the Convention on Cluster Munitions of 2008, replacing them with new unitary warheads. The modernization process also resets the missile's 10+ year shelf life.In December of 2014, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army signed a $74 million contract to take existing TACMS missiles from inventory and modernize them. The missile was produced at Lockheed Martin's Precision Fires Production Center of Excellence in Camden, Arkansas.The TACMS platform provides flexibility to quickly integrate novel payloads and new capabilities, meeting future demands now as required by the warfighter.With unsurpassed performance and an unwavering commitment to production excellence, TACMS is the only long-range tactical surface-to-surface missile ever employed by the U.S. Army in combat. TACMS missiles can be fired from the entire family of MLRS launchers.
Dec 17 16 4:42 PM
Raytheon Excalibur Round Set to Replace LRLAP on ZumwaltsBy: Sam LaGroneDecember 13, 2016 6:01 PMTHE PENTAGON — The Navy is looking to Raytheon’s Excalibur guided artillery round to replace the effective but expensive Long Range Land Attack Projectile for the Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers, defense officials confirmed to USNI News.The decision to move ahead with the guided rounds for the 155mm Zumwalts’ BAE Systems-built Advanced Gun Systems is codified in the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget submission, a defense official familiar with the move told USNI News.The Navy would not confirm any details of the change saying the change was, “predecisional.”“The Navy continuously monitors the gun and ammunition industry capability and capacities. To address evolving threats and mission requirements, the Navy is evaluating industry projectile solutions (including conventional and hyper-velocity projectiles) that can also meet the DDG 1000 deployment schedule and could potentially be used as an alternative to LRLAP for DDG 1000,” Navy Capt. Thurraya Kent told USNI News on Monday in a written statement.While a guided hyper velocity projectile – being developed for the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun program – is being proposed for the Navy’s existing deck guns, the development needed to use HVPs operationally in the service would take 10 to 15 years, USNI News understands.The benefit of Excalibur is the munition is ready now. The GPS-guided round – developed by Raytheon and BAE-Systems Bofors – has about half the range of the 60-mile LRLAP but costs about a quarter of LRLAP’s estimated $1 million per round price tag.Though LRLAP performed well in testing, the Navy balked at the price tag. To outfit all three ships in the class with a buy of 2,000 rounds would have cost the service the cost equivalent of an Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer — $1.8 to 2 billion on the high end of the estimate, service officials told USNI News last month.What remains now is how much additional engineering work it will take to modify the existing AGS to accommodate the Excalibur. The AGS barrel and the accompanying automatic ammunition handling system were specifically designed to handle the LRLAP.“It’s a unique barrel for this ammunition. It’s a six-inch round designed with the turnings to allow the LRLAP to fly out of that barrel. There’s been some studies over the year that [indicate] that you could but you’d have to undertake a modification of the system,” then DDG-1000 program manager Rear Adm. Jim Downey told USNI News in May.“It’s not impossible but you can’t directly fire [hyper velocity projectiles] out of that barrel without modifications.”One defense official told USNI News it might take up to $250 million in engineering costs to modify the three ship class for Excalibur.
Dec 29 16 2:29 PM
USN considers options for replacing Zumwalt's LRLAP projectileGeoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly29 December 2016 Key Points :* Three possible solutions exist for a LRLAP replacement: Excalibur, MS-SGP, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile* Replacing LRLAP, which was developed specifically for AGS, could add further costs to Zumwalt's price tagThe Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), originally designed for USS Zumwalt 's (DDG 1000) Advanced Gun System (AGS), has become too expensive and the US Navy (USN) is exploring options to replace the round, sources told IHS Jane's .However, AGS was built specifically by BAE Systems to handle only LRLAP rounds, which means there are few, if any, projectiles that could seamlessly transition to fill the 155 mm requirement. The navy is considering two potential options: Raytheon's 155 mm Excalibur 1b and BAE Systems' Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile (MS-SGP). A third option could be to speed development of the Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) that was originally designed for the electromagnetic railgun.BAE Systems and Raytheon declined to comment for this story.Industry sources said the navy is leaning towards Excalibur because it is the only one of those three projectiles currently in production. It is unlikely to be a one-for-one replacement whichever route the navy takes to replace the LRLAP (currently priced between USD800,000 and USD1 million per projectile, while Excalibur costs about USD68,000 per round).The navy has said no decision has been made for replacing the LRLAP. The USN has approximately 90 LRLAP test rounds in its inventory to conduct Zumwalt 's combat system and AGS tests. However, if the navy has no plan to buy further LRLAP rounds from Lockheed Martin, the service may be less inclined to incur the cost of conducting any weapon system testing until officials decide which projectile will be fired from the AGS.Even if the USN opts to transition Excalibur from land forces to a navy gun, there is much to consider: could Excalibur be fired from the AGS; would the AGS's unique magazine and loading system need to be modified to handle another projectile; and would the navy be giving up any capability by procuring Excalibur or another projectile for Zumwalt ?(370 of 1464 words)
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USN considers options for replacing Zumwalt's LRLAP projectileGeoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly29 December 2016 AGS was built specifically by BAE Systems to handle only LRLAP rounds, which means there are few, if any, projectiles that could seamlessly transition to fill the 155 mm requirement. The navy is considering two potential options: Raytheon's 155 mm Excalibur 1b and BAE Systems' Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile (MS-SGP). A third option could be to speed development of the Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) that was originally designed for the electromagnetic railgun.Industry sources said the navy is leaning towards Excalibur because it is the only one of those three projectiles currently in production. It is unlikely to be a one-for-one replacement whichever route the navy takes to replace the LRLAP (currently priced between USD800,000 and USD1 million per projectile, while Excalibur costs about USD68,000 per round).Even if the USN opts to transition Excalibur from land forces to a navy gun, there is much to consider: could Excalibur be fired from the AGS; would the AGS's unique magazine and loading system need to be modified to handle another projectile; and would the navy be giving up any capability by procuring Excalibur or another projectile for Zumwalt?The LRLAP is also a longer projectile than any of the three options under consideration. Extending the length of another projectile to match the LRLAP's size is a matter of engineering work. The LRLAP is also containerised, so engineers will need to figure out how to adapt the container or projectile to work within the container, the source said.The LRLAP is programmed via an umbilical cord and is initialised while in the container. After the projectile receives its mission information and was removed from the container, the cord tore away, the source explained. Excalibur's mission information is transferred into the projectile's nose using an inductive coil; it might be possible to initialise Excalibur by taking the inductive coil and embedding it into the container tubes, the source said. "You then have to remove the projectile from the container after it is initialised and then handling it in the system, and then placing it into the gun," the source said.The difference in size between the LRLAP and the alternative projectiles would also impact how the AGS's handling system grabs a new projectile and loads it into the gun. It is possible that this could be adjusted to accommodate a new projectile, or it may require devising something to adjust the projectile to the system.The LRLAP rounds fired from AGSs were to give the USN a projectile with approximately 63 n miles range. Although no testing has been done yet to determine whether another projectile would be able to meet that range requirement, the current understanding is that Excalibur would likely fall short of 63 n miles.Navy and industry officials have said an Excalibur projectile fired from the AGS would have a range of between 29 n miles and 38 n miles. Raytheon has likely conducted modeling and simulation to determine that range, the source said.Concerns about losing the range the LRLAP provided could be alleviated with possible options for deeper strike missions, whether air or surfaced delivered. For example, the USN is looking at the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), an anti-ship missile developed by Kongsberg and to be built in the United States by Raytheon. The NSM has a range of 100 n miles and could be used against land targets.
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Q: 1. Can you provide any information, details, geometry, and material located at the base of your projectile?2. Can you provide details of the outer surface topology and materials of the projectile outer body?A: For the purposes of the proposals, the projectile should be assumed to have a base diameter of 92mm and a length/base diameter ratio of 10. (Therefore a 92mm base diameter would produce a 920mm long projectile.) To keep it simple, assume the profile of the projectile to be a cone with a 5mm radius nose at the tip. Assume the outer surface is C350 maraging steel with a smooth finish.Q: 1. What is the bore diameter and projectile weight for this 'strawman' case? For a chemical gun this would have to be a pusher sabot. 2. Is the EM force distribution different?A: 1. Assume a round bore geometry with a 155mm bore diameter. The launch package will be base pushed by the armature, much like in a chemical gun. 2. The EM launch force distribution is similar due to the base push configuration, but the overall magnitude of acceleration is probably higher than standard chemical gun of the same bore.
Q: 1. Can you provide any information, details, geometry, and material located at the base of your projectile?2. Can you provide details of the outer surface topology and materials of the projectile outer body?
A: For the purposes of the proposals, the projectile should be assumed to have a base diameter of 92mm and a length/base diameter ratio of 10. (Therefore a 92mm base diameter would produce a 920mm long projectile.) To keep it simple, assume the profile of the projectile to be a cone with a 5mm radius nose at the tip. Assume the outer surface is C350 maraging steel with a smooth finish.
Q: 1. What is the bore diameter and projectile weight for this 'strawman' case? For a chemical gun this would have to be a pusher sabot. 2. Is the EM force distribution different?
A: 1. Assume a round bore geometry with a 155mm bore diameter. The launch package will be base pushed by the armature, much like in a chemical gun. 2. The EM launch force distribution is similar due to the base push configuration, but the overall magnitude of acceleration is probably higher than standard chemical gun of the same bore.
Jan 11 17 11:53 PM
Airbus Multi-Mode Radar AN/SPS-75 (TRS-3D) selected for US Coast Guard’s ninth National Security CutterSelection introduces solid-state technology while preserving commonality with earlier National Security Cutters, shore-based training infrastructure and sustainment programsHerndon, Virginia, 09 January 2017Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., under contract with its affiliate Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, will provide the TRS-3D Baseline D multi-mode radar (MMR) for the U.S. Coast Guard’s ninth National Security Cutter (NSC).The TRS-3D Baseline D, designated AN/SPS-75, utilizes gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver traditional TRS-3D robust performance while improving reliability and options for future development. Airbus TRS-3D radars have been aboard every NSC since the program’s inception.“The AN/SPS-75 is the right choice to meet Coast Guard requirements for a multi-mode radar,” said Mike Cosentino, President of Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. “It is currently meeting operational requirements and is consistent with Coast Guard investments in training infrastructure ashore, as well as with their existing sustainment program.”The contract to provide the AN/SPS-75 MMR is with Lockheed Martin, with whom Airbus has worked to provide radars for all prior NSCs. Lockheed Martin’s intimate knowledge and experience with AN/SPS-75 technology enabled them to successfully integrate the radar with all systems required by the NSC program, and that experience carries forward into the current contract.Since its introduction in 1995, the radar became a global sales leader with more units being sold than any radar in its class. In the U.S. market, it is in the U.S. Navy inventory aboard Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships and in the Coast Guard inventory aboard all NSCs, as well as at the service’s shore-based training center in Petaluma, Calif. Its design has matured over the years to meet evolving customer requirements and keep pace with advances in technology.Employing state of the art GaN technology, the TRS-3D is a three-dimensional, multi-mode naval radar for air and surface surveillance, target acquisition, self-defense, gunfire support and aircraft control. It automatically detects and tracks all types of air and sea targets, alleviating crew workload requirements. Life cycle affordability is further enhanced by the reliability of the AN/SPS-75’s solid-state system design, keeping maintenance costs low and further contributing to lower lifecycle costs.
Jan 12 17 4:20 PM
US Navy, Raytheon generate Tomahawk missile flight plans in real time to strike time-sensitive targetsBack-to-back flight tests demonstrate flexible, mission-critical planningSAN NICOLAS ISLAND, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed two flight tests of the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile, demonstrating how missions can now be planned in real time to strike time-sensitive targets."Tomahawk's tactics and procedures have evolved to support the new missions that are being assigned to the weapon," said Dave Adams, senior program director for Tomahawk at Raytheon Missile Systems. "Tomahawk continues to serve and rapidly deliver urgently needed capabilities to the Fleet."Two Tomahawk missiles containing inert warheads were launched from the Vertical Launch System of USS Pinckney (DDG 91) at the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range off the Southern California coast.The first test was planned in real time by the crew of the USS Pinckney, who used the Launch Platform Mission Planning (LPMP) capability of the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, based on data provided by the United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. The Tomahawk missile followed a pre-planned route until the conclusion of the test.In the second test, mission planners again used the dynamic LPMP capability to generate a longer-duration mission that also concluded with a terminal dive maneuver against the target. This test also validated missile performance for a long-duration mission. Tomahawk has a range of 1,000 statute miles and can defeat heavily defended targets virtually anywhere on Earth.About TomahawkThe U.S. Navy has conducted more than 75 successful Tomahawk flight tests since 2006. The cruise missile has been employed in combat more than 2,000 times since it was introduced. Tomahawk is the key weapon used by U.S. and British forces to defeat integrated air defense systems and strike high–value, fixed and mobile targets in support of national policy.
Jan 12 17 4:28 PM
Surface Navy 2017: Lockheed Martin pushes solid-state SPY-1 radar upgrade planRichard Scott, Washington, DC and Michael Fabey, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Navy International10 January 2017 Key Points :* Lockheed Martin is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the USN's AN/SPY-1(V) radars* The company says that the plan could be applicable to over 30 DDG 51 destroyersLockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is proposing a solid-state upgrade for the AN/SPY-1(V) radars fitted to the US Navy's (USN's) DDG 51 Flight IIA Aegis-capable guided-missile destroyers. The plan is leveraging technology from the US Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) S-band Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR).Disclosing the initiative on 9 January just prior to the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Washington, DC, Jim Sheridan, the company's vice president and general manager for naval combat and missile defence systems, said the technology update plan - which would backfit a new gallium nitride (GaN) antenna array and a multimission signal processor (MMSP) into existing destroyers - was potentially applicable to over 30 DDG 51 ships.(167 of 581 words)
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Lockheed Testing LRASM Launchers for Future Frigate, SubmarinesBy: Sam LaGroneJanuary 12, 2017 11:50 AMLockheed Martin is testing its air-launched, anti-ship cruise missile for the U.S. Navy’s future fleet of frigates and submarines, company officials told USNI News on Wednesday.Originally developed by DARPA to quickly field a need U.S. Pacific Command for a modern air-launched weapon, the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program has now been absorbed by the Navy and will be fielded by the Air Force Boeing B-1B Lancer bombers and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in the next few years, Scott Callaway, LRASM Surface-Launch director, told USNI News on Wednesday during the Surface Navy Association 2017 symposium.Now the company is positioning the weapon – based on the AGM-158 JASSM-ER air to surface missile – to be Lockheed’s submission for the Navy’s over-the-horizon missile for the emerging frigate design.“While the Navy has been maturing that air-launched version and getting it ready for production, we’ve been investing in the surface-launched variant to mature that product,” Callaway said.Following three launch tests from MK-41 Vertical Launch Systems last year, the company will move ahead with tests this year of a standalone launcher that will be the basis for the OTH missile for the frigate that will follow on the Littoral Combat Ship.The OTH missile will be the first new surface launched anti-ship missile for the service in decades. It will be the follow-on to the RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile — which was introduced to the service in the 1970s. A Raytheon-Kongsberg team is set to pitch the Naval Strike Missile and Boeing is set to offer a modified Harpoon for the competition.In addition to the OTH contest, Lockheed is also set to test a sub-launched variant of LRASM.“We’ve developed a capsule that will fit into the Virginia payload tube,” Callaway said.“We’ve done some early testing, some early feasibility studies and have determined there are no show stoppers to put LRASM into a sub.”U.S. subs previously fielded a sub-launched version of the Harpoon – the UGM-84. However, the sub force has not fielded the Harpoon for several years.Lockheed intends to test a proof of concept for its sub-launched LRASM sometime this year.
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Watervliet Arsenal receives largest contract in decades to support ... the Indian armyBy John B. Snyder, Watervliet Arsenal Public AffairsJanuary 17, 2017WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. (January 2017) -- The Watervliet Arsenal has received a $47 million contract to manufacture 145 howitzer cannon systems as part of a $737 million foreign military sales contract that BAE Systems has with the Indian government. This award took about eight years to finalize and is the largest single contract the arsenal has received in decades.Under the contract, the arsenal will manufacture M776 155-mm tubes and associated parts for BAE that will become an integral part of the M777A2 lightweight howitzer system that India will purchase from BAE. The U.S. Department of Defense and the Indian Ministry of Defence signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance on November 30, making India the third U.S. ally to purchase the M777A2 howitzer system. The other two countries are Australia and Canada.The size and importance of this order cannot be overstated, by the arsenal or by the Army."By far, this is the largest foreign military sales of the 155-mm towed howitzer system that we have on record," said David Wong, the Army's program manager for foreign military sales of towed artillery systems. "And, there may be an opportunity for follow-on orders."Long-time arsenal budget analyst Joseph Bell took Wong's statement a step further by saying, "In the more than 30 years that I have been at the arsenal, there has not been a single contract for 'any' product line larger than this India order. This is huge."Arsenal Deputy Commander Joseph Turcotte added, "That in an era of declining defense budgets, this order comes at the right time for the arsenal as manufacturing requirements have dramatically weakened since the withdrawal of combat troops out of Iraq in 2010."The decline in workload has unintended consequences that go beyond the most obvious, which is the reduction of the arsenal workforce to compensate for a reduced workload, Turcotte said. An order of this magnitude should allow the arsenal to justify the full retention of the workforce through 2020, as well as set the conditions for machining excellence for generations to come. "In order for the arsenal to retain its worldwide status as a center of technical excellence for large caliber weapons manufacturing, we must maintain a highly trained workforce that can execute all critical manufacturing skill sets at any point in time," Turcotte said. "In recent years, it has been very challenging trying to maintain a high level of expertise in all core critical manufacturing skill sets and so, this is the best possible type of work to receive."Tom Pond, the arsenal's director of operations, said the effects of this order will not only allow the retention of critical skills, but will also grow the skill base here."Right now, a significant number of our machinists and machine tool operators have not had the benefit of working in more than a few critical skill areas during their careers because the contracts have not been very large or as challenging," Pond said. "This order will bring us about 106,000 direct labor hours, which will exercise every critical cannon manufacturing skill set at Watervliet. In addition to the direct labor hours, thousands of hours of indirect labor will also be supported."Additionally, this order goes far beyond the manufacturing of howitzer tubes. The order will require the arsenal to manufacture other parts to the howitzer system, such as breech blocks, muzzle brakes, and breech rings. Each of the sub-parts to the order will require extremely tight machining tolerances that will be measured in thousandths of an inch.Nevertheless, as great as this order is for the arsenal, it will not solve all the ills of an uncertain and declining defense budget, Turcotte said."As large as this order is, it will only help us fill the gap in workload requirements to sustain our current workforce through 2020," Turcotte said. "But many of us here are hopeful that this order will put us (arsenal) on the world stage for military weapons manufacturing, which may lead to other foreign military sales."The arsenal will deliver 73 cannon systems in fiscal year 2019 and 72 systems in fiscal year 2020. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the previous year. __________________________According to BAE, the M777 howitzer is highly portable by land, sea and air, and the system features a minimal logistical footprint alongside maximum reliability. This means that it can be frequently moved and re-deployed, maximizing survivability, without encountering the IED risks that self-propelled systems face. The weapon can strike over extended distances, regardless of terrain and obstacles. It is compatible with all standard ammo types, as well as advanced rounds such as BONUS and EXCALIBUR. Its strengths have been proven in battle, particularly in Afghanistan where it has been in service since 2006. Over 40,000 rounds fired have proven its simple, dependable operation, even in harsh desert climates. The maximum range unassisted is 24.7 km and maximum assisted range is 30+ km.
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