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RUSSIA DEVELOPS ANTI-SHIP VERSION OF ISKANDER MISSILE
Monday, August 13, 2018
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Kalibr cruise missile launch

Source: Russia MoD


Kalibr cruise missile launch

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MOSCOW -- Russia has reportedly developed an anti-ship version of its Iskander theater ballistic missile system. The Russian military conducted two simulated "electronic launches" of the Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) in late July and early August. The missile targeted ships in the Black Sea.

The Iskander has a range of 500 kilometers. Russia has developed a "cruise missile" version of Iskander known as the R-500 Kalibr. This missile can attack naval vessels.

Source:  Yahoo
Associated URL: https://www.yahoo.com/news/iskander-ballistic-missile-may-russia-000000713.html
Source Date: August 13, 2018
Author: Michael Peck 
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
USAF AWARDS HYPERSONIC WEAPON CONTRACT
Monday, August 13, 2018
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Source: U.S. Air Force


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ARLILNGTON -- The Air Force has awarded a contract not to exceed $480,000,000 to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype.

This contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).

"We are going to go fast and leverage the best technology available to get hypersonic capability to the warfighter as soon as possible," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson.

The ARRW effort is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts being pursued by the Air Force to accelerate hypersonic research and development. The Air Force is using rapid prototyping authorized by Section 804 of the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act to explore the art-of-the-possible and to advance these technologies to a capability in 2021.

Leaders from the Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Air Force, Navy and Army signed a memorandum of agreement June 28 to work cooperatively on hypersonic boost glide technology development.

"The Joint Team requires the right mix of agile capabilities to compete, deter and win across the spectrum of competition and conflict," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "We must push the boundaries of technology and own the high ground in this era of great power competition and beyond."

This undefinitized contract action allows the government to meet urgent needs by authorizing the contractor to begin work before reaching a final settlement on contract terms and conditions, to include a final negotiated price. The contract is expected to be definitized within 180 days of award.

The Air Force's other hypersonic weapon rapid prototyping effort is called the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW). The ARRW and HCSW efforts are developing unique capabilities for the warfighter and each has different technical approaches. The ARRW effort is "pushing the art-of-the-possible" by leveraging the technical base established by the Air Force/DARPA partnership. The HCSW effort is using mature technologies that have not been integrated for an air-launched delivery system.

The Armament Directorate of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is providing program management of these prototyping efforts.

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1600963/air-force-awards-hypersonic-weapon-contract/
Source Date: August 13, 2018
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
U.S. NAVY EXERCISES OPTIONS ON AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM BUILD 12 INTEGRATION AND TESTING
Monday, August 13, 2018
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Aegis Baseline Testing

Source: Missile Defense Agency


Aegis Baseline Testing

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WASHINGTON -- Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, of Moorestown, New Jersey, has been awarded an $8,493,662 fixed-price-incentive-firm-target modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-14-C-5104), from the United States Navy, to exercise options for ship integration and test of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) for AWS baselines through Advanced Capability Build 12.

The contract provides for Aegis shipboard integration engineering, Aegis test team support, Aegis modernization team engineering support, ballistic missile defense test team support, and AWS element assessments. This contract will cover the AWS ship integration and test efforts for five new-construction DDG 51-class ships, the major modernization of five DDG 51-class ships and the major modernization of six CG 47-class ships. It will additionally cover the integrated combat system modifications and upgrades for all current ships with all AWS baselines up to and including ACB 12.

Work will be performed in San Diego, California (50 percent); Norfolk, Virginia (45 percent); and Camden, New Jersey (5 percent), and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other procurement (Navy) funding in the amount of $8,493,662 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. DoD
Associated URL: https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1600837/
Source Date: August 13, 2018
Author: U.S. DoD 
Posted: 08/14/2018

 

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