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SM-6 TESTING DISPLAYS MISSILE'S RANGE, VERSATILITY
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: US Navy

PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii - The U.S. Navy successfully executed four flight tests of the surface-to-air Standard Missile-6 Block I (SM-6 Blk I) off the Hawaiian coast between January 11 and 22.

These tests, designated Alpha, Bravo, Delta, and Golf, are part of the SM-6 Blk I Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) events planned to assess missile performance.

"These flight tests, once again, demonstrate the versatility and capability that the SM-6 provides for our Navy's fleet defense," said Capt. Michael Ladner, Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS) major program manager for Surface Ship Weapons. "I'm extremely proud of our Standard Missile team for their hard work and efforts in achieving four more successful SM-6 missions. These tests mark the longest downrange and cross-range engagements of the SM-6 to date."

The SM-6 provides an over-the-horizon engagement capability when launched from an Aegis warship and uses the latest in hardware and software missile technology to provide needed capabilities against evolving air threats.

Flight test Alpha was the longest downrange, and flight test Bravo was the longest cross-range intercepts with an SM-6 to date. Along with flight tests Alpha and Bravo, flight test Delta successfully intercepted two targets with simultaneous engagements, and flight test Golf successfully intercepted a target with electronic counter-measures.

"I consider these tests a major milestone and a confirmation of how far the team has come since this program first started," said Kirk Johnson, PEO IWS Surface Ship Missiles principal assistant program manager. "These program accomplishments are a testament to many years of hard work and dedication of the entire Standard Missile team."

The SM-6 is the sixth fielded variant of the Standard Missile family. The SM-6 program has completed development and achieved Initial Operational Capability in November 2013. It is currently in the FOT&E phase, with a projected Full Operational Capability declaration date during the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

PEO IWS is an affiliated Program Executive Office of the Naval Sea Systems Command. IWS is responsible for spearheading surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems, and for implementing Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.

Source:  U.S. Navy
Associated URL: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=92968
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Posted: 02/05/2016

 
 
U.S. NAVY REVERSES COURSE ON TOMAHAWK TERMINATION
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy's FY17 budget request will include around $2 billion to procure 4,000 Tomahawk cruise missiles over the next five years, reversing a previous decision to terminate production entirely. The decision was revealed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter during a visit to Naval Air Station China Lake, California. Carter's announcement not only represents a change of course, but a significant increase in Tomahawk production over previous acquisition rates.

The service initially planned to end procurement in FY15, but Congress added funding for 96 additional missiles to keep production running. The Navy said that those additional missiles, as well as the 100 included in the FY16 request, would sustain production through FY18. The 100 Block IV missiles in the FY16 budget represented the last batch the service planned to buy. The Navy said at the time that its current inventory would be sufficient to meet requirements until the follow-on Next Generation Land Attack Weapon is fielded in the 2020s.

Raytheon officials warned that by falling below the minimum sustaining rate of 196 missiles per year, the Navy would lose the ability to surge production in the event of increased military operations. Congress, again concerned about ending production before a replacement weapon was in available, added 49 missiles to the FY16 request. The remaining 47 missiles needed to reach the minimum sustaining rate were paid for using FY15 OCO funding.

Carter also revealed that the FY17 budget will include $927 million for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) over the Future Years Defense Program, as well as $418 million for AARGM-ER anti-radiation missiles over the FYDP.

Source:  Forecast International - International Military Markets
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Author: S. McDougall, Defense Analyst 
Posted: 02/04/2016

 
 
JAPANESE SHIP TRANSPORTING PATRIOTS TO OKINAWA
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: Lockheed Martin

TOKYO - Japan is preparing land-based and shipborne defenses in an anticipation of a North Korean ballistic missile test. Pyongyang plans to test a new long-range ballistic missile sometime in February.

A Japanese vessel is carrying Patriot air defense systems to Okinawa prefecture. The system is equipped with PAC 3 interceptors. Patriot batteries are already deployed at various locations within the Japanese home islands.

Japan also has AEGIS destroyers equipped with Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) interceptors deployed in the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

Source:  KUNA
Associated URL: http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2485897&language=en
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Posted: 02/04/2016

 

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