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[*] posted on 2-3-2020 at 07:35 PM


Raytheon funded to develop JMEWS warhead for Tomahawk

Richard Scott, London - Jane's Missiles & Rockets

02 March 2020

Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded a USD90.4 million engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract by the Naval Air Systems Command to complete development of a new multi-effect warhead for the RGM-109E/UGM-109E Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile.

The Joint Multiple Effects Warhead System (JMEWS) is designed to greatly expand the land target set that the Tomahawk missile is capable of defeating, by combining the blast and fragmentation capabilities of the current warhead with a new penetration capability and improved mission planning. JMEWS will also be compliant with insensitive munitions requirements to improve safety during transportation and storage on land and aboard ships and submarines.

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[*] posted on 10-3-2020 at 08:58 PM


Lockheed Martin awarded $25M contract to produce Launch Sequencer Mark 5

Posted On Tuesday, 10 March 2020 11:16

Lockheed Martin Corp. Rotary and Mission Systems, Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded a $25,449,876 firm-fixed-price contract for Launch Sequencer (LSEQ) Mark (MK) 5 Mod production in support of the Vertical Launch System (VLS).


A RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launched from the Mk-41 VLS aboard a Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen class Frigate (Picture source: Marthe Brendefur/Norwegian Armed Forces)

The LSEQs are used in support of the VLS, which provides area and self-defense, anti-air warfare capabilities, counter-air and land-attack cruise missile defense and surface and subsurface warfare capabilities.

This contract involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to South Korea and Finland. Work will be performed in Oldsmar, Florida, and is expected to be completed by March 2021. This contract will provide for the manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of VLS LSEQ MK 5 Mod 2.

If all options are exercised, work will continue through March 2022. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 shipbuilding and conversion (Navy); fiscal 2020 procurement defense wide (Navy); and fiscal 2020 FMS funding in the amount of $25,449,876 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

A vertical launching system (VLS) is an advanced system for holding and firing missiles on mobile naval platforms, such as surface ships and submarines. Each vertical launch system consists of a number of cells, which can hold one or more missiles ready for firing.

A VLS allows surface combatants to have a greater number of weapons ready for firing at any given time compared to older launching systems such as the Mark 13 single-arm and Mark 26 twin-arm launchers, which were fed from behind by a magazine below the main deck. In addition to greater firepower, VLS is much more damage tolerant and reliable than the previous systems and has a lower radar cross-section (RCS).
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[*] posted on 11-3-2020 at 12:45 PM


Kongsberg To Supply Naval Strike Missiles To US Navy

Posted On Tuesday, 10 March 2020 11:51

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract with Raytheon Missile Systems for Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) to the US Navy Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH WS) program worth 203 MNOK. Raytheon is a prime contractor to the US Navy.


Naval Strike Missiles launched from US Navy Littoral Combat Ship (Picture source: US Navy)

The order is related to the OTH WS framework agreement announced 31 May 2018 with a total cumulative scope of $847,611,857 MUSD.

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA).

The state-of-the-art design and use of composite materials is meant to give the missile sophisticated stealth capabilities. The missile weighs slightly more than 400 kg (880 lb) and has a range of more than 185 km (100 nm).

NSM is designed for littoral waters ("brown water") as well as for open sea ("green and blue water") scenarios. The usage of a high strength titanium alloy blast/fragmentation warhead from TDW is in line with the modern lightweight design and features insensitive high-explosive. Warhead initiation is by a void-sensing Programmable Intelligent Multi-Purpose Fuze designed to optimise effect against hard targets.
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[*] posted on 16-3-2020 at 05:35 PM


Document Likely Shows SM-6 Hypersonic Speed, Anti-Surface Role

Steve Trimble March 12, 2020


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A U.S. Navy document that cryptically describes a versatile and powerful new missile likely offers the first confirmation of the hypersonic speed and newly acquired, antisurface-warfare role for the Raytheon SM-6 Block 1B.

The terse reference in a written submission by Navy officials to the House Armed Services Committee on March 11 also likely offers the first proof that the SM-6 Block 1B remains in development, even after the Navy scrubbed all references to the project in the latest round of fiscal 2021 budget documents.

Also, written testimony submitted by James Guerts, assistant Navy secretary for acquisition, offers the first confirmation of the service’s third hypersonic-weapon development program, joining the anti-air Hypervelocity Projectile in development by the Strategic Capabilities Office and the intermediate-range Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program.

Under a single paragraph headlined as “Hypersonics” in Guerts’ testimony, he describes the HVP and CPS—a 34.5-in.-dia., two-stage booster stack topped by a hypersonic glide vehicle—and a third, unnamed and previously undisclosed hypersonic program.

“Additional work for guidance and control as well as warhead design will yield a new capability that provides antiair-warfare capability, including cruise missile defense, in support of ships [sic] self-defense, as well as anti-surface warfare,” Guerts’ testimony states.

A Navy spokesman declined to elaborate on that description or identify the name of the program, citing security requirements.

The description, however, aligns with the known elements of the SM-6 Block 1B development program. In budget documents submitted last year for fiscal 2020, the Navy described a plan to field the SM-6 Block 1B by fiscal 2024 with a wider, 21-in.-dia. booster to increase the range and speed of the standard, Mach 3.5-class missile, but the documents did not say by how much.

The fiscal 2020 budget documents also mention plans to add a new thermal protection system and update the guidance, navigation and control system for the SM-6 Block 1B.

Guerts’ testimony on March 10 is not the first to link the SM-6 Block 1B to the antisurface-warfare role. A presentation by the Navy at the Surface Warfare Association’s annual conference in January 2019 listed the SM-6 Block 1B on a chart as one of several antisurface-warfare weapons. But Guerts’ testimony adds a potentially important detail. He referenced a new “warhead design” for the new hypersonic weapon, addressing a flaw of the baseline version of the SM-6 for an anti-surface application. The warhead on the baseline SM-6 weighs only 140 lb., a mass the Congressional Budget Office cited as inadequate against a modern combat ship.
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[*] posted on 21-3-2020 at 05:39 PM


Tsirkon Missile to Be Test-Fired for First Time in 2020 from Admiral Gorshkov Frigate – Source

(Source: Sputnik News; posted March 20, 2020)

MOSCOW --- The Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be test-fired for the first time this year in spring from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, a source in the Russian defence industry said.

For the first time, the Tsirkon was test-launched from the Admiral Gorshkov in January in the Barents Sea, home to Russia’s Northern Fleet.

“The second test – but the first one this year – is scheduled for this spring. The missile will be test-fired from Admiral Gorshkov frigate. The tests are underway”, the source said.

The Tsirkon, a scramjet-powered maneuverable anti-ship cruise missile capable of accelerating to speeds of up to 11,100 km an hour, is one of half-a-dozen or so strategic systems being developed by Russia’s military.

The Tsirkon is believed to have a flight range of over 1,000 km, and is expected to be based aboard both surface ships and submarines, including vessels equipped to carry existing Kalibr-class cruise missiles. The missile is also widely expected to be fitted aboard the new Husky class fifth-generation nuclear submarine presently in development.

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[*] posted on 27-3-2020 at 06:14 PM


Raytheon, Aerojet Ink $1B, 5-Year Standard Missile Deal

The agreement is designed to both stabilize and low costs of the supply chain under Raytheon's long-running contracts with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy.


By Theresa Hitchens

on March 26, 2020 at 3:18 PM


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WASHINGTON: Raytheon Missile Systems has signed a $1 billion deal with Aerojet Rocketdyne for provision of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion systems for Raytheon’s Standard Missiles (SM) for the next five years, Raytheon announced today.
The agreement is designed to both stabilize and lower costs of the supply chain under Raytheon’s long-running contracts with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Navy.

“Moving to multi-year, rather than annual-year contracting enables Raytheon and its supply chain to deliver even more value to our Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy customers, and the taxpayer,” Eugene Jaramillo, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president of Global Supply Chain Management, said in a statement.

Raytheon is prime contractor for the venerable SM-2 air defense missile that still equips the Navy’s Aegis Weapon System (AWS).

Eventually, they will be replaced by the SM-6, able to engage cruise missiles, aircraft and ballistic missiles. Besides the US Navy, at least 15 foreign navies have bought the SM-2 — of which there have been a number of variants since its original development in the 1970s — according to the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) Missile Threat Project.

It also is the prime contractor for the SM-3 ballistic missile interceptor for the Aegis system. MDA currently plans to test a new variant, SM-3 Block IIA, being developed in partnership with Japan, in the third quarter of this year. Another variant, the Block IB, already is being deployed as part of MDA’s Aegis Ashore program Romania, although in the end Romania along with Poland and Japan will deploy the newer Block IIA.

Raytheon in December won a $1 billion contract modification for SM-3 Block IIA, bringing its total contract award for that missile alone to a whopping $2.5 billion, according to the company.

Aerojet Rocketdyne supplies the majority of the solid rocket motors for those systems. For SM-3, it also produces the Divert and Attitude Control System for improved speed and accuracy of intercept.

The multi-year buys “allow our suppliers to transform the way they do business with Raytheon,” Jaramillo said.

“This significant agreement on multi-year contracts strengthens our current relationship and positions Aerojet Rocketdyne favorably for future business opportunities and continued growth,” Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president, said.

Work will be spread across Aerojet Rocketdyne sites in Orange County, Va., the Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence in Camden, Ark., and at its Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Huntsville, Ala.. Raytheon produces the SM-2 in Tucson, and SM-3s and SM-6s in Huntsville.

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[*] posted on 1-4-2020 at 03:06 PM


Raytheon, Missile Defense Agency Sign Landmark $2 Billion Standard Missile-3 Contract

(Source: Raytheon Co.; issued March 30, 2020)


An SM-3 Block IB interceptor launches from the USS Lake Erie during a Missile Defense Agency test designed to hit a complex, short-range ballistic missile target. (MDA photo)

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Company will produce and deliver SM-3® Block IB interceptors under a $2.1 billion, multi-year U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract. It is the first multi-year contract for the SM-3 program, and covers fiscal years 2019–2023.

SM-3 is the only ballistic missile interceptor that can be launched on land and at sea. It is deployed worldwide and has achieved more than 30 exoatmospheric intercepts against ballistic missile targets.

"This procurement deal is a win-win for government and industry," said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon Strategic and Naval Systems vice president. "Efficiencies gained from this contract will allow us to reduce costs, continue to improve the SM-3 and deliver an important capability to our military."

The Block IB variant achieved full-rate production in 2017. The company has delivered more than 400 SM-3 rounds over the lifetime of the program.

Raytheon Company, with 2019 sales of $29 billion and 70,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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[*] posted on 1-4-2020 at 03:09 PM


Pentagon Contract Announcement

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued March 30, 2020)

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $146,076,524 firm-fixed-price contract for Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2/2A Guided Missile Round Pack and spare replacement components.

This contract combines purchases for the Navy (68%); Germany (3%); and the governments of Saudi Arabia (26.2%), United Arab Emirates (1.6%), Egypt (0.8%), and Turkey (0.2%) (1% combined) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Work will be performed in Ottobrunn, Germany (44%); Tucson, Arizona (35%); Rocket Center, West Virginia (9%); Dallas, Texas (2%); Mason, Ohio (2%); Glenrothes, Scotland (1%); Cincinnati, Ohio (1%); Andover, Massachusetts (1%); and other U.S. locations (5%), and is expected to be complete by June 2025.

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $353,304,326 and is expected to be completed by June 2025.

Fiscal 2020 weapons procurement (Navy); 2020 operations and maintenance (Navy); Foreign Military Sales (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey); and German cooperative funding in the amount of $146,076,524 will be obligated at time of award, and $969,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured under the exception 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4), International Agreement.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-20-C-5400). (Awarded March 27, 2020)

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