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    From Aviation week excerpt on the last strikes in Syria:

    The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command has indicated interest in integrating JASSM-ER with a new electronic warfare technology designed to fry electronic equipment with bursts of high-power microwave energy, called the Counter-electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) payload. However, it’s not clear what happened to that project.
    Would have such been used (given that SAM were fired ballistic and late)?

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      Sloppy reporting by Lara there. Air launched HPM efforts are very much alive and have been reported by Aviation Week itself. I would highly doubt anything like that had been used here. This was a straightforward strike using TLAM, JASSMER and Storm Shadows/SCALP EG.

      http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/...enks-demo-navy
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        Updates from the FY19 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) for the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM). The Program of Record has increased to 430,222 kits through FY23.

        A contract modification was completed to add an additional 8,621 tail kits to the Lot 21 Delivery Order, increasing the Lot 21 total quantity to 45,000 tail kits for all customers. Boeing and the JDAM supply base have successfully increased JDAM production from 75 kits/day to 165 kits/day (40,000 kits/year) and are on track to produce 180 kits/day (45,000 kits/year) with risk mitigation efforts underway.
        Boeing and the Laser JDAM (LJDAM) supply base have successfully increased LJDAM production from 3,500 kits/year to 6,000 kits/year. The Navy Direct Attack Moving Target Capability (DAMTC) Office serves as lead service for Air Force, Navy, and FMS procurements. JDAM tail kits continue to perform well and deliveries have exceeded the initial production schedule.
        Capacity is still below objectives so we should expect another possible production increase and/or upward revision of the POR.

        Inventory stockpiles for both JDAM and LJDAM remain below the objective due to operational usage
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          Quantity and program updates from the Aim-120 AMRAAM FY19 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR). Raytheon is still going through the developmental challenges of the F3R changes to the signals processor and other hardware but current USAF/USN deliveries of the Aim-120D surpassed 2000 earlier this year.

          AIM-120D System Improvement Program (SIP): SIP is a software upgrade program structured to deliver increased combat capability and counter advanced threats and electronic attack techniques on planned intervals to the AIM-120D. SIP 1 was fielded by the Navy on April 26, 2017 and by the Air Force on May 1, 2017. SIP 2 IT activities have begun and will continue through second quarter FY 2018. SIP 2 fielding is projected for the fourth quarter FY 2019. SIP 3 conducted a preliminary design review on June 14, 2017, completing Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction. The SIP 3 Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract was awarded to Raytheon on September 5, 2017. SIP 3 fielding is projected for the fourth quarter FY 2021. Due to delays to the AMRAAM Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R) program identified in March 2017, the Program Executive Officer approved the addition of a SIP 3F software release. The SIP 3F software tape will be a
          re-host of SIP 3 capabilities on the F3R missile with a projected contract award in second quarter FY 2020.

          Form, Fit, Function Refresh (F3R): F3R is a comprehensive AMRAAM Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages project to mitigate obsolescence issues in the AMRAAM guidance section and enable missile production beyond Lot 32. Currently in Phases 4A/4B for integration, Raytheon has continued to experience technical difficulties with the Application Specific Integrated Circuit design verification, Circuit Card Assembly build, and hardware integration and testing. F3R production is planned to cut in the latter part of Lot 33 in FY 2021. Phases 4A and 4B are planned for completion in second quarter and fourth quarter FY 2019, respectively.

          Safe and Arming Fuze (SAF) for F-35 / AMRAAM Flight Test:

          The SAF is a component used to initiate the warhead in AMRAAM tactical missiles and the Flight Termination System (FTS) in instrumented flight test missiles. The FTS allows for the ability to terminate the flight of a test missile for safety reasons. In August 2015, it was identified that the current SAF did not meet FTS requirements. This issue is compounded by the fact that the F-35 test environment is more strenuous than legacy platforms (F-15, F-16, F-18 and F-22). The program office has taken a dual path approach to address this issue. In the near term, the program office is making minor design modification to ruggedize the current design to meet legacy platform requirements. This activity is on track to deliver a part that meets legacy requirements in April 2018. In the long term, to reduce risk, two simultaneous efforts are being undertaken to redesign the SAF to meet the more stringent F-35 environmental levels. Implementation of the robust redesign is anticipated by May 2020. To support tactical missile production, SAFs continue to be produced utilizing the existing design.

          AIM-120 Production and Sustainment:

          As of February 12, 2018, Raytheon has delivered 1,996 of 2,918 AIM-120D missiles on contract and has delivered 2,395 of 2,959 AIM-120C7 FMS missiles on contract (through Lot 31). Lot 28 deliveries completed in October 2017. Lot 29 deliveries are planned for March 2017 through July 2018. Lot 30 deliveries are planned for April 2018 through March 2019. Production Lot 31 contract was awarded on December 28, 2017. Deliveries are planned for May 2019 through April 2020. The prepriced option for Lot 32 has a planned contract award in March 2018. Program Support and Annual Sustainment is an Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity contract for program support, contractor logistics support (CLS), the Service Life Prediction Program (SLPP), and non-warranty depot repair. The first task order for program support, CLS, and SLPP was awarded on September 21, 2015, for $18M. Two additional task orders, valued at $5.1M, were awarded in FY 2016. The fourth task order for additional infrastructure, CLS support and reliability testing, valued at $20.8M, was awarded March 3, 2017. Joint missile availability as of February 12, 2018 is 90.7% for tactical missiles against an APB threshold of 82%.
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            Air Force awards nearly $1 billion contract for a hypersonic cruise missile


            WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to design and prototype a new hypersonic cruise missile, as part of a broad Pentagon push to kickstart America’s hypersonic arsenal.

            The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the “design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and aircraft integration support of all the elements of a hypersonic, conventional, air-launched, stand-off weapon” was announced by the service Wednesday.

            The total value for Lockheed could be as high as $928 million over the course of the program, which has an unspecified timeline.

            “This effort is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts being pursued by the Air Force to accelerate hypersonics research and development,” service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement. “The Air Force is using prototyping to explore the art-of-the-possible and to advance these technologies to a capability as quickly as possible.”The other program referenced by Stefanek is the Tactical Boost Glide program, a co-development between the service and DARPA. That program expects to have a prototype in the 2022-2023 timeframe, according to DARPA head Steven Walker.

            Hypersonic flight is defined as anything about Mach 5, meaning five times the speed of sound. Such a weapon, if successfully developed, would be able to skirt past existing air defenses and hold enemy forces at risk from great ranges. Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson has previously started a focus on developing the technology.

            Stefanek noted the dollar amount represents the “estimated face value” for the project and is not a full commitment from the service. Money will be given out through a series of tasking orders, the first of which will come in the next few weeks.

            The announcement comes as Pentagon officials, most vocally Undersecretary of Defense and Research Michael Griffin, have openly called for the need of more investment into hypersonic technology.

            “The most significant advance by our adversaries has been the Chinese development of what is now today a pretty mature system for conventional prompt strike at multi thousand kilometer ranges,” Griffin told the House Armed Services Committee during an April 17 hearing. “We will, with today’s defensive systems, not see these things coming.”

            “It is time for us to renew our emphasis on and funding of these areas in a coordinated way across the department to develop systems which can be based on land for conventional prompt strike, can be based at sea, and later on can be based on aircraft,” Griffin later said.
            Earlier this year (link below), I had provided the budget materials for the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The FY18 funding of nearly $1 Billion is to support a program which was classified earlier and only unveiled in the last few budget materials. It is a different effort from what DARPA is currently building for flight-testing next year (Hypersonic Air Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC)).

            https://forum.keypublishing.com/show...36#post2430936

            While Mike Griffin is the best thing to have happened to US DOD R&D in quite a while, this hypersonic effort is actually a result of decisions taken (USAF) in the 2012-2014 time-frame to collaborate with DARPA. It does seem that instead of waiting for DARPA to finish its efforts and transition the technology to the customer (USAF), the USAF is pulling ahead and launching weapons programs concurrently. This suggests some success at the classified level.

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              Earlier this year (link below), I had provided the budget materials for the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The FY18 funding of nearly $1 Billion is to support a program which was classified earlier and only unveiled in the last few budget materials. It is a different effort from what DARPA is currently building for flight-testing next year (Hypersonic Air Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC)).
              Has there been any indication what the boost vehicle is going to be? It's not like the US has an IRBM to use, and I can't fathom they would re-purpose LGM-30 or UGM-133. Using an existing launch system for testing TGB is one thing, using one for a conventional strike weapon operationally would seem to raise a host of issues.

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                That appears to be a different project. The USAF's version of TBG is under the ARRW effort while the recent contract is for the HCSW. Not much is known about the ARRW beyond what is in the budget. My understanding is that ARRW is analogous to DARPA's TBG, while HCSW is similar to HAWC although there is no confirmation of either of this. DefenseNews calls it an air-breathing weapon although I have not seen any definitive confirmation of that. Graham Warwick at AvWeek noted in his article -

                While TBG, HAWC and ARRW are Skunk Works program, the HCSW contract has been awarded to Lockheed Martin Space. It is a multi-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quality (IDIQ) contract vehicle for prototyping efforts leading up to a development program.
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                  Darpa Picks Dynetics To Demo UAS Air Launch/Recovery

                  Dynetics will flight test its airborne launch and recovery system under a 21-month, $32.5 million contract for Phase 3 of the Gremlins program. The company was selected over the competing Phase 2 performer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI).

                  Phase 3 is to culminate by late 2019 in a flight demonstration of the recovery of four UAS within 30 min. to a Lockheed Martin C-130 host platform, says Tim Keeter, deputy program manager and chief engineer for Gremlins at Dynetics.

                  The docking system is lowered on a pylon from the open cargo ramp of a C-130 flying at up to 150 kt. This deploys a capture device, akin to an aerial-refueling drogue, that stabilizes a safe distance below and behind the aircraft.

                  The UAS rendezvouses with the host aircraft and docks with the capture device using an unspecified precision navigation system. The UAS then powers down and is winched up to sway braces, secured, then mechanically lifted into the cargo bay and stowed.

                  During Phase 2, Dynetics conducted ground and flight tests of the system, the latter using a C-130A operated by team member International Air Response. These demonstrated the ability to safely deploy, stabilize and retrieve the docking system, Keeter says.

                  The team also demonstrated safe separation of the UAS, but this did not involve a fully functional air vehicle, he says. Team member Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems is developing the clean-sheet UAS, which is powered by a Williams International turbojet.
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                    Strikes in Syria:
                    JASSM-A:
                    the JASSMs used in the April 14 strikes "were, in fact, not JASSM Extended Range (JASSM-ER) munitions, [but] rather, the munitions used were JASSM-A, or the standard, non-extended range versions of the munition," AFCENT spokesman Capt. Mark Graff said Thursday.
                    F22:
                    , "U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors played an integral role in protecting ground forces during and after the multinational strikes against Syrian chemical weapons production facilities on the morning of April 14."
                    [...]
                    "Thanks to its unique fifth-generation capabilities, the F-22 was the only airframe suited to operate inside the Syrian integrated air defense systems, offering an option with which to neutralize [Integrated Air Defense System] threats to our forces and installations in the
                    region, and provide protective air support for U.S., coalition and partners on the ground in Syria," Graff said.
                    Source:
                    Military.com
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                      US Air Force performs first B-21 Raider software drop


                      The US Air Force (USAF) has performed its first software drop for its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber programme, according to a key official.Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, told a Senate panel on 18 April that the service is now looking at the second software drop. Modern aircraft platforms, such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) are software intensive.

                      Lt Gen Bunch may have provided a clue on how cost containment is progressing with B-21. Senator Angus King of Maine asked Lt Gen Bunch whether the programme was falling within the parameters of the contract in terms of cost, but Lt Gen Bunch responded that costs are falling within the parameters of the USAF’s independent cost estimate. He did not mention the contract.

                      A USAF spokesperson said that she would unlikely be able to expound on Lt Gen Bunch’s testimony.
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                        Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing


                        During the DT campaign, some 44 SDB II munitions were dropped and tested from a USAF F-15E Strike Eagle – the weapon’s threshold platform - using all modes of operation and including strikes against manoeuvering targets in adverse weather conditions, demonstrating third-party control through the datalink, and discriminating a correct target from among decoys. The campaign – which was conducted at several national test ranges throughout the United States - began with the launch of a DT Guided Test Vehicle (GTV) shot in mid-July 2012, and was finalised with an SDB II shot on 18 January this year. “This was followed by the capstone event of the U.S. Government’s requirements verification, completed on 13 April 2018,” Raytheon SDB II Programme Director Cristy Stagg told Jane’s
                        .

                        Finalisation of the DT campaign paves the way for the US Government Confidence Testing (GCT) – which is scheduled to be completed later this year – and which is a prerequisite for SDB II operational testing (OT), slated to commence in May 2018.

                        “Following GCT, the government will begin SDB II OT which consists of 55 flight tests using all of the weapon’s operational modes. The test programme is expected to take 12-15 months to complete,” said Stagg.

                        The SDB II programme passed its Milestone C acquisition approval in May 2017, paving the way for the start of Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP). The USAF has ordered SDB II production Lots 1-4. Raytheon has completed Lot 1 production, Lot 2 builds are in progress, and contracts for production Lots 3 and 4 have also been awarded.
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                          Playing catch: Dynetics wins contract to demo UAV recovery on C-130


                          Dynetics will prove whether it can launch and recover four small unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130 in 30 minutes during phase three of the Pentagon's Gremlins program, beating out General Atomics for a $32.5 million contract this week.

                          Gremlins is run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory. The program's goal is to develop a midair launch and recovery system that enables swarms of low-cost, attritable small UAVs with advanced payloads to dock on manned aircraft. Phase three formally began April 17.

                          Dynetics' airborne recovery system is similar to a refueling operation, Tim Keeter, deputy program manager and chief engineer, said during an April 18 call with reporters. The winch-like system extends from a C-130 to catch UAVs under the aircraft, which turn off before the capture device mechanically raises and stores the Gremlins inside the manned plane. Keeter noted the Air Force will not need to modify the C-130 because Dynetics' system rolls onto the aircraft and launches UAVs out of the back bay.

                          "The Dynetics solution involves deploying a towed, stabilized capture device below and away from the C-130," the company said in an April 18 press release. "The key technologies can be straightforwardly adapted to allow under-wing recovery and bay recovery by other cargo aircraft."

                          Testers will demonstrate Gremlins' flight behavior with ground landings first, using a parachute to safely lower the UAV. The parachute will not be used in the C-130 flight demonstration or on an operational system.

                          Keeter added they've worked through stabilizing the docking station and have a handle on how airflow around the plane -- one of the program's major challenges -- affects small aircraft trying to return. Partner company Kratos designed a UAV from scratch that is best suited to swarm recovery operations, he said.

                          DARPA wants the Gremlins concept to use swarms of low-cost, attritable UAVs that can be recycled about 20 times, with less than 24 hours between missions, Inside the Air Force previously reported. Keeter has suggested that adding more UAVs to a "volley" will make the program more affordable, and a General Atomics official last year said the company generally believed volleys consist of more than 16 UAVs in a swarm.

                          Gremlins aircraft are expected to fly 300 to 500 nautical miles away from the C-130 and loiter, although that radius will likely increase as the system enters operations and technology improves. Keeter told ITAF last year Dynetics prefers a completely autonomous system, but the UAVs could be flown manually.

                          While the third-phase demonstration will feature a C-130 traveling at 150 knots, the program envisions UAVs will eventually fly on other aircraft and could launch from elsewhere on a platform like pylons. The system could be repurposed for fighter, bomber and other cargo aircraft, Keeter said. Others have suggested the technology could be adapted to pair small UAVs with unmanned aircraft.

                          ITAF previously reported Air Force Special Operations Command is the target organization for Gremlins' first operational flights.

                          "The Gremlins system also [has] benefits in both contested environments and low-intensity, routine operations," Dynetics said. "The ability for a single, manned aircraft to stand off from danger yet manage multiple air vehicles equipped with sensors and other payloads lends itself well to enhanced support of tactical strike, reconnaissance/surveillance and close air support missions."

                          Keeter said that when military customers look to transition the project to a program of record, they will have options for how many aircraft the system can reel in and how quickly. Depending on their needs, a buyer can specify different payload arrangements, UAV speeds, avionics configurations and more.

                          "DARPA has worked with us to deliver a number of experimental-phase options . . . that will allow us to basically bridge the gap between a technology demonstration and an initial operational capability, depending on the stakeholders that come to the table with this," Keeter said. "They'll be able to select what they want to see advanced post-phase three or maybe even in parallel with phase three if it doesn't interfere with our objectives."

                          Phase three lasts 21 months and could cost up to $38.6 million, though Keeter said DARPA awarded a slightly smaller contract to nudge Dynetics to save money. The company reached a level of detail akin to that needed for a critical design review and is ready to begin fabrication, but will continue testing new features of the roll-on recovery system as the software and hardware mature.

                          The Pentagon's ultimate goal is to field aircraft and sensors that collaborate in the air to conduct operations as a group, and the Air Force is thinking through swarm command-and-control concepts and other network technologies needed to bring the vision to life.

                          Losing out on Gremlins doesn't spell the end of General Atomics' foray into small UAVs. ITAF previously reported General Atomics viewed the Gremlins program as a foundation for a small unmanned systems portfolio rolling out in the next few years. The company last year described plans to add recoverable, airborne UAVs to its MQ-9 Reaper and stealthier Avenger as well as across the Air Force inventory and Navy platforms like the P-8 Poseidon and future MQ-25.
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                            USAF sensor suppliers look to next generation of ISR capabilities


                            Kevin Raftery, vice president and general manager for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and space systems at UTC Aerospace Systems, and Neil Peterson, Raytheon's ISR business development director, told Inside the Air Force in recent interviews they are weighing which data sensors should process in flight and what information should instead go to ground stations, and developing new algorithms accordingly.

                            The Air Force envisions a spread-out enterprise of ground, air and space assets that collect ISR and battlefield data and can quickly process and share data so airmen can make decisions and conduct operations faster. That entails new approaches to designing and buying sensor capabilities and setting up a network where aircraft can take on more missions.

                            "That type [of] concept is really good with the products we make," Raftery said. "Our systems are wide-area, long-range-type collectors. That way, in a single mission you can collect a lot more data."

                            Raftery, who manages sensors including Senior Year Electro-optical Reconnaissance System variants and the multispectral MS-177 family, said UTAS is testing improved automatic target recognition and tracking and exploring ways to fuse that information.

                            "You could have a radar sensor and an imaging sensor and both of them are talking to one another," he said. "When the radar gets a hit, the imaging sensor then can cue onto it and actually confirm what is the object, so it's combat ID. . . . One key element of that is that the sensors need to be able to talk all in the same language."

                            Peterson oversees variants of the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System variants and a group of Multispectral Targeting System sensors. He touted open architecture, artificial intelligence and a high-speed network as must-haves to enable future Air Force technology and said industry increasingly needs to make their products more cybersecure.

                            Peterson noted the broader picture: As the military relies more heavily on multiple sources of intelligence at once, industry needs to consider what role a human should play and how to store and handle that information.

                            "These multi-int sensor, data fusion activities are also driving our architectures -- whether it's common resource management architectures, it's data processing a certain way -- all of those things continue to drive us in looking at how these things are going to look and what we need to be investing in," he said.

                            The Air Force's focus on upgrading legacy software is the first step to enabling network activity, Peterson said -- "whether it's a radar enhancement to add capability for [ground moving target indication] on our U-2 program, whether it's enhanced open systems architecture for . . . ASARS on U-2, whether it's that same thing for Global Hawk, whether it has application and applicability to our MTS because obviously, the EO/IR plus radar synergy is paramount to the whole kill chain."

                            The service also plans to use new brackets and pods to fly multiple combinations of sensors on legacy aircraft including the U-2, RQ-4 and MQ-9.

                            UTAS and Raytheon are both involved in the Air Force's effort to broaden the U-2's intelligence-collection possibilities after the service reversed its decision to retire the high-altitude spy plane.

                            "With the introduction of the U-2 SYERS-2C into the battlefield, that provided some unique and interesting capabilities," Raftery said. "One of the areas that we're working closely on is seeing how we could assist the Navy in doing some maritime surveillance because our SYERS-2C sensor, and now our MS-177A sensor, have capabilities that predominantly were for ground-based ISR -- but now with the advent of that capability, it's adding naval base capability."

                            He added the entire U-2 fleet, built by Lockheed Martin, will carry SYERS-2C by the end of the year. The service plans to fly MS-177 on the U-2 in the future as that sensor nears initial operational capability on Northrop Grumman's RQ-4.
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                              Fighter Roadmap Coming Soon, Along With Air Dominance AOA


                              An Analysis of Alternatives begun last year to decide the next steps in air superiority is almost finished and “should [be] complete sometime this year,” Holmes said. Despite “new ideas” from the new administration, “we’re convinced the nation will continue to depend on the Air Force to control the air so we can exploit it as a joint force,” he asserted. The AOA will provide “options” for senior leaders as to how best to provide for air superiority, and what form the PCA will take.

                              However it shapes up, “we know it has to operate as part of a family of systems, we know there are multiple approaches to what we’re talking about,” Holmes reported. The AOA will come with recommendations, “and then we’ll advocate for that.”
                              A "2018" AOA completion will mean a possible 2019 (FY18 --> FY19) Milestone-A which is consistent with the huge ramp up in spending on the NGAD/PCA effort ($10 Billion b/w FY19 and FY23) as this will be the time-frame for the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase which is the entry point for an eventual Milestone-B.
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                                Courtesy marauder2048 from SPF...
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                                  nice video:

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                                    F-15E now using AIM-9X. Here on a mission somewhere over the middle east. Also, some coffee talk. Starbucks the best? Really?
                                    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/59620...ee-episode-iii
                                    How can less be more? It's impossible. More is more.
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                                      BAE Developing GPS-Denied Seeker For Precision Munitions


                                      BAE Systems is preparing for the potential rapid transition from demonstration to production of a low-cost optical seeker that will equip precision-guided munitions with the ability to navigate autonomously when GPS is denied and to automatically detect, identify and home onto fixed, moving and relocatable targets.
                                      Darpa, along with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has selected BAE over Lockheed Martin for a $13.1 million contract for Phase 2 of the Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program. Both companies completed the 18-month first phase, taking their competing seeker designs to a critical design review.

                                      SECTR is developing a passive electro-optical/infrared seeker that combines image-based navigation, for operation when GPS is denied or degraded, with automatic target recognition (ATR). The design is modular so it can be improved as technology advances. It also is scalable to smaller and larger weapons, from glide bombs to cruise missiles, and even gun-launched projectiles.

                                      But SECTR also is a cost-transformation program, with a cost goal “a fraction that of a bespoke seeker design for an existing weapon platform,” says David Richards, BAE’s program manager, adding “It is not a small movement of the needle.”

                                      Phase 2 will mature and demonstrate the seeker in both captive-carry and free-flight tests. But unusually for a Darpa program, BAE at the same time will work with the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Special Operations Command to transition the seeker to three different munitions. BAE declines to identify the weapons involved, but says they will all be retrofitted with the new seeker.

                                      Testing of the baseline seeker on an unspecified legacy munition under the Darpa program is planned to be completed by July 2019. The manufacturer of the first of the transition weapons is scheduled to receive the first prototype seekers for testing in two months, says Mark Meisner, BAE chief scientist.

                                      “All three transition applications will go through flight testing,” he says. “The near-term transition will take place this calendar year, and the other two demos with go into 2019.” Because the SECTR program is “transition-rich,” BAE is on an accelerated path to production, Richards says. “We are doing everything necessary to be ready to qualify for production after the demonstrations.”
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                                        Dunno if it should be on Us or FR topic, but...

                                        Photos of Raffy deployment in the US (operation Chesapeake).

                                        https://www.navyrecognition.com/inde...ed-states.html

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