Procurement, Science and Technology 2013

In this section on Industry and Technology we highlight the changing face of weapons, and weapons safety,  as the US Navy Unveils Its First Laser Gun.  According to the report – “It’s cheap, it’s safe, it’s the future . . . and the future is here.”

In fiscal year 2014, the Navy will put a solid-state laser gun aboard USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. The tests we run with this weapon will help us develop a prototype system that can be tailored to many surface combatant classes.

Watch a demonstration of the high-energy laser aboard a moving surface combatant ship and against remotely piloted aircraft

Description: Description: same weapon that can be used to identify and then issue a non-lethal warning to an approaching unmanned air vehicle can then set a drone ablaze and send it crashing to the ground. With lasers, our aim becomes more precise, and we can engage at the speed of light.

This goes beyond “fire and forget.” This is all about “knowing before you fire, knowing as you are firing, and then knowing and having evidence that you were effective in your last shot.”

We’ve already successfully test-fired on unmanned aircraft and small boats. Additional target sets will follow.

And the best part of this story? It costs less than $1 to take a shot with a laser, and it doesn’t require our Sailors to load ships up with hazardous materials such as propellants and explosives.

You need two things to operate a laser: electricity and cooling. We can get the electricity from the ship’s power system and use available chilled water to cool it. With ample supply of both, we have a virtual bottomless magazine.

It’s cheap, it’s safe, it’s the future . . . and the future is here.

The Office of Naval Research is proud to have contributed to this cutting-edge technology, and we’re grateful to our research partners at Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, the Secretary of Defense’s High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, among others.

But most important, we’re confident of the solid-state laser’s ability to help our Sailors and Marines complete their missions more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, California, on July 30, 2012


France to Announce a New Defense Strategy  Posted by News Desk

According to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian three things have changed since the last white paper was issued in 2008: The evolution of American defense posture with a new orientation to the Asia-Pacific region; a need for European and other nations to clean up their finances; and a more focused push to create a common European defense policy.

“The nation has to basically put its house together by ensuring budgetary independence, because when we have a colossal debt, and we do, we’re not sovereign,” he said. “But we have to maintain a defense posture equivalent to our place in the world. That’s the difficulty here.”“We do a white paper at moments of great evolution in our mission of security and defense for the nation,” Le Drian told French air force personnel on a recent visit at Avord air base. “We had a white paper when the deterrent force was decided. We had one when it was time to think about the professionalization of the army. We had another at the fall of the Berlin Wall, a period of historical change globally.”

The French President Francois Hollande will release a long-awaited update to the nation’s defense strategy Monday. Aviation Week reports. On a post in the Ares blog, Amy Svitak comments the document will outline France’s response to changes in the defense and security environment since 2008, when the most recent iteration of the strategy was issued under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.


ATK Awarded $17 Million Contract for AIM-9P Sidewinder Rocket Motors - ATK Rocket Motors Support Sustainment of AIM-9P Missiles

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 12, 2013  -- ATK has been awarded a contract worth $17 million for production of rocket motors for AIM-9P Sidewinder customers within the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Under FMS, the U.S. government procures defense articles and services on behalf of one or more foreign customers. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) at Hill Air Force Base in Utah issued the award. Work will be performed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) in Rocket Center, W. Va.

This ATK rocket motor is used to power the AIM-9P version of the Sidewinder missile, which is a supersonic, heat-seeking air-to-air missile used by a variety of fixed-wing combat aircraft since the 1970s. The AIM-9P Sidewinder was previously exported and is still in use by NATO countries and other international U.S. allies. ATK manufactured more than 30,000 AIM-9P rocket motors at the ABL facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. between 1978 and 1990.

Many international inventories of the AIM-9P Sidewinder are aging beyond the missile's period of expected use in service. By re-starting the AIM-9P rocket motor production line, ATK and the USAF provide international partners with an affordable solution to update and extend the service life of their defense systems well into the future, while avoiding substantial financial investments in new missiles and aircraft.

"ATK is proud to re-start production of the AIM-9P rocket motor to support the needs of our FMS customers," said Jerry Brode, Tactical Propulsion Market Segment Director at ATK's Missile Products division. "This rocket motor has a significant history with ATK and has maintained a long-standing position within our portfolio of tactical Sidewinder and air-to-air rocket motor production lines."

"ATK is committed to the ongoing success of our international allies," said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager of the Missile Products division within ATK's Defense Group. "We are honored to provide our customers around the globe with an affordable and efficient solution to reinvigorate and sustain the service life of their missile defense systems."

Production of the AIM-9P rocket motor will occur at ABL, a U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated facility. ABL specializes in advanced manufacturing technologies for a variety of programs supporting current and future U.S. industrial base needs in advanced fuzing and integration, conventional munitions assemblies, solid rocket motor propulsion, and advanced material structures.


ATK Awarded $12 Million Contract to Deliver 30mm MK266 Ammunition to the U.S. Navy  Ammunition Provides Superior Performance at Extended Ranges for San Antonio Class Landing Platform Dock Ships and Littoral Combat Ships

ARLINGTON, Va., March 8, 2013 -- ATK announced today the award of a first-year, $12 million contract to deliver 30mm MK266 ammunition to the U.S. Navy. This is a single award, firm-fixed-price, five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for 30mm x 173mm, MK266 High Explosive Incendiary with Trace Cartridges in MK15 Linked Belts. This multi-year contract has a potential value of $41 million should all possible follow on contracts be awarded through 2018.

The ammunition is used with the MK46 Mod 2 Gun Weapon System, which is composed of ATK's MK44, 30mm Bushmaster automatic cannon. This weapon system arms the U.S. Navy's San Antonio class Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ships and Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

"We take great pride in developing and producing ammunition that provides superior performance and reliability," said Bruce DeWitt, Vice President and General Manager for ATK's Armament Systems division. "Our medium-caliber expertise includes a full spectrum of highly effective and accurate tactical ammunition for air, ground and sea platforms as well as cost-effective training ammunition that provides a realistic experience for the warfighter."

The MK266 is a modification to the PGU-13 High Explosive Incendiary 30mm round, accomplished by adding a tracer and ATK's Low Drag Fuze. The non-self-destruct, Low Drag Fuze, produced exclusively by ATK, provides superior performance at extended range. The MK266 rounds may also be used for any cannon that fires 30mm x 173mm ammunition.

Program management for the MK266 is headquartered at ATK's Defense Group facility located in Plymouth, Minn., while ammunition production activities take place at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W. Va. and New River Energetics in Radford, Va. First-year production deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014.

The contract was awarded through the Project Manager Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) under its role as the Single Manager for Conventional Ammunition (SMCA), which is responsible for the procurement of ammunition for all the Armed Services. 


Alloy Surfaces and Kilgore Flares awarded $26 million Countermeasures contracts by the US Department of Defense  28 March 2013

Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring") is pleased to announce that its US subsidiaries, Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc. and Kilgore Flares Company LLC, have been awarded contracts worth $26 million for the manufacture of M211, M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B decoy devices for the US Army and the US Air Force. Deliveries under the contracts are scheduled to begin in June 2013 and will continue into 2015. The M211 decoy order is valued at $6 million, and will be produced at Alloy Surfaces. The M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B contracts are valued at $20 million, and will be produced at Kilgore Flares.

Mark Papworth, Chief Executive of Chemring, commented: “We are very pleased to receive these contracts from the US Army and the US Air Force, which demonstrates their continued confidence and trust in our countermeasures. We are very proud to deliver the highest quality infra-red decoys to the US Department of Defense and our international customers.”

The US Army and US Air Force use these decoys to protect all of their helicopters, and transport and fighter aircraft against man-portable air defense systems, commonly known as MANPADS.


Saab acquires ballistic protection technology 

Defence and security company Saab has purchased the rights to the protection technology Soft Armour, and associated assets, from protection technology company Protaurius AB. The acquisition is the first step into the field of ballistic protection technology.

Soft Armour is a patented technology that uses a spherical ceramic material to protect people and sensitive equipment from fine calibre and armour piercing ammunition. Soft Armour is self-healing and can withstand multiple hits in the same area. It can also be used in construction solutions, such as walls, shields and soft coverings.

"The acquisition of the rights to Soft Armour is a complement to our wide product portfolio within advanced camouflage. We are now expanding our investment in this type of product in both military and civil segments," says Anders Wiman, Managing Director of Saab Barracuda.

Saab Barracuda has previously collaborated with Protaurius whereby Barracuda marketed the product in certain markets.

"With this transaction, Barracuda is taking the first step in strategically widening its product portfolio beyond the technical field of signature management," continues Anders Wiman.

Soft Armour has been developed by specialists with vast experience of protective products for military, police and civilian purposes. It is an environmentally friendly and ricochet free protection against projectiles and shrapnel with a predictable and customisable level of protection that is easy to transport and handle. Soft Armour can also be reused and stored in bulk.

Saab Barracuda, with operations in Sweden, the U.S.and India, is a world leader in the field of advanced camouflage and signature management solutions for the defence market. Barracuda is part of the Dynamics business area, one of the six business areas at Saab.


Diehl receives Swedish Air Defence Contract   11-03-2013

The Swedish Defence Material Administration signed a contract with Diehl Defence to deliver IRIS-T SLS surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the country´s armed forces. The new units comprising the IRIS-T missile, missile launching station and fire control system are to improve the national air defence by protection against air attacks from a large variety of threats including missiles, helicopters and aircraft. Following deployment, the mobile system allows fully automatic operation 24 hours a day. The Swedish Army will operate the SAM fire units, together with a new Command and Control System as well as modernized sensors from Saab.

IRIS-T SLS employs the standard IRIS-T air-to-air missile and is the short-range complement to the medium-range IRIS-T SLM ground-based air defence system of Diehl Defence. With the IRIS-T SLS/SLM ground-based air defence systems, Diehl is setting new standards in open system design architectures providing maximum flexibility for new weapon systems as well as for the modernization/upgrade of legacy equipment. IRIS-T SLM is based on the SAM system development in Germany for national air defence.

Delivery of the first IRIS-T SLS systems is scheduled to commence in 2016. As partner of the European missile program, Sweden has already introduced the IRIS-T air-to-air missile for its Gripen fighter aircraft.

General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.

The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon system. Its lightweight, modular and compact size makes it an ideal candidate for numerous anti-surface and anti-air defense applications. The system's family of turrets represents a balance of lethality, performance, reliability and versatility, and it is one of the most cost-effective medium-caliber weapon systems. General Dynamics has delivered 30 MK46 systems to the Navy since 2005. It is the main deck gun for LPD-17 ships and is the secondary gun battery for Littoral Combat Ships.

Work will be performed by the existing workforce at General Dynamics Land Systems facilities in Woodbridge, Va.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lima, Ohio; Westminster, Md.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Scranton, Pa. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in September 2014.

"General Dynamics Land Systems is committed to providing cost-effective mission-critical products and services to the Navy's surface warfare fleet," said Michael Bolon, senior vice president, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy business sector at General Dynamics Land Systems. "The MK46 gun system's open architecture software supports stand-alone and integrated variants for multiple uses and maximum flexibility."

General Dynamics Awarded $224 Million by U.S. Army for Hydra-70 Rocket Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products recently was awarded two contracts by the U.S. Army including $210.4 million for the production of Hydra-70 air-to-ground rockets and $13.5 million for engineering services in support of the Hydra-70 rocket program. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics.

The Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., awarded the contracts. Final deliveries under this order are expected to be completed in early 2015. General Dynamics has been the system integrator for the production of Hydra rockets since 1996. The Army orders Hydra rockets for all branches of the U.S. military and select allies.

“General Dynamics has supplied Hydra rockets to U.S. warfighters and to several of the nation’s closest allies for more than 15 years,” said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of Armament Systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “Our long-held experience in managing the Hydra program allows us to work closely with the Army to deliver a weapon that is affordably built and dependable in action.”

Hydra rockets are composed of two main components: the MK66 rocket motor and the warhead. The rocket’s warhead varies to meet a wide range of mission requirements. The 2.75-inch diameter rocket can be mounted on most helicopters and some aircraft.

General Dynamics’ work on the Hydra rocket is done from the company’s Camden, Ark., and Springboro, Ohio, facilities, which have approximately 375 employees combined. Engineering service support and program management are performed at General Dynamics’ technology center in Williston, Vt., which employs more than 300 workers.

ATK Receives Award To Provide Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) For Evaluation - Project Resources USSOCOM Requirement For Precision 2.75-inch Rocket To Defeat Hardened Targets While Mitigating Collateral Effects

ARLINGTON, Va., April 22, 2013  -- ATK announced today that the company has received a $3.2 million contract award through the Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) Program to provide a low-cost, light-weight, precision guided missile for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) evaluation. This missile incorporates lock-on before and after launch and employs a penetrating warhead with sufficient kinetic energy to defeat hardened targets. The project directly supports a USSOCOM requirement that ATK is ready to meet with its Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) and Precision Guided Rocket Launcher (PGRL).

"Our on-going investment and expertise in precision strike weapons, including the GATR system, provide a mature capability that fulfils the requirements of our military customers using innovative approaches that minimize integration costs," said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for ATK Armament Systems.

The DAC project for ATK's GATR and PGRL is to validate desired operational and ballistic performance while employed from USSOCOM airborne platforms. During the project, ATK will provide GATR missiles and PGRL digital smart launchers for environmental testing and operational evaluation on MH-60L/M rotary wing platforms.

The GATR missile incorporates the same semi-active laser seeker used in the combat-proven laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapon, providing a robust seeker field of view. GATR employs a digitally-fuzed, fully-qualified M282 multi-purpose penetrating warhead that is programmed from the cockpit to provide super quick, point detonating fuzing to defeat soft targets or delayed fuzing to penetrate hardened targets. The GATR provides a tactical employment envelope as much as 50 percent greater than currently-fielded laser-guided rockets. GATR also provides optimized terminal performance against hardened, stationary and moving targets.

GATR is launched from ATK's PGRL digital launcher and is available in three-, seven- and 19-tube variants providing numerous stowed kills and also is compatible to employ legacy unguided Hydra rockets. The PGRL can be seamlessly integrated onto air platforms using currently existing digital and analog fire control systems and can provide digital stores management for all loaded weapons.

Today's battlefield is ever-changing in terms of targets and engagement criteria. GATR addresses the need for a lightweight, precision-guided missile that provides targeting flexibility, minimizes collateral damage, and increases platform firepower. GATR and PGRL provide an accurate, responsive and low-cost capability that maximizes precision strikes not currently available with existing weapons systems.


A-10 fires its first laser-guided rocket Samuel King Jr, Eglin Air Force Base Public Affairs 4/3/2013 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  

The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target.

The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved effective in Afghanistan combat operations when fired from Marine helicopters.

"Rockets are a staple close-air support weapon, but their weakness has always been their poor accuracy when shot at range," said Maj. Travis Burton, the 40th FTS A-10 pilot who performed the APKWS tests. "In improving rocket accuracy by several orders of magnitude, the APKWS makes the rocket a better weapon for today's low intensity conflicts, where minimizing collateral damage is a top priority."

The test squadron performed three sorties to demonstrate the capability and ensure the rocket could be fired safely from a fixed wing aircraft - a test that had never been accomplished before.

The first sortie tested whether aircraft flight would be impacted by carrying the rocket and launcher. During the second sortie, the A-10 fired an unguided inert rocket to ensure the weapon would separate from the aircraft without any issues. For the final sortie, two armed, guided rockets were fired at a surface target at altitudes of 10,000 and 15,000 feet. The last APKWS shot was fired into a 70-knot headwind and impacted the target within the two-meter requirement specifications.

"The 70-knot headwind didn't allow us to accomplish the second guided shot using the planned delivery parameters, so the test team (myself, the chase pilot, the controllers and engineers) worked real-time to adjust those parameters in a manner that would still accomplish the test objective," Burton said. "In any scenario other than test, we would have adjusted the run-in direction to change the headwind to tailwind, or a crosswind."

Both shots were considered successful, but the accuracy of the APKWS made a real impression on the project manager, Joe Stromsness.  "We watched real-time video of the test at the central control facility when the rocket hit within inches of the laser spot," he said. "Everyone was ecstatic and high-fived each other. Many hours of work from the Navy, Air Force and the BAE contractor team went into the success of this test. This was a major milestone in moving forward to the next phase. "

With the developmental test stage completed, the project will move to operational testing at China Lake Test Range, Calif., with the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command Test Center. In May, Air Force pilots will fire 22 APKWSs from the A-10 and F-16 Fighting Falcon at both moving and stationary targets.

With another positive outcome in May, Stromsness sees huge potential for the APKWS.  "This is a lighter weapon with a smaller warhead that can potentially minimize collateral damage," he said. "We've added precision guidance; and based on our tests, we're within inches of the intended target. We don't have a precision weapon out there now that can do that."

According to BAE Systems, the weapon's manufacturer, the APKWS is one-third the weight and cost of other precision rockets in the DOD inventory. The aircraft could potentially transport seven rockets per launcher and carry two launchers due to the APKWS's relatively small size and weight.

Burton agrees with Stromsness about APKWS's potential benefit to the warfighter. "By improving rocket accuracy, the APKWS II gives the pilot the capability to achieve the desired weapons effect with a single rocket," Burton said. "Not only does this increase the lethality of any aircraft carrying rockets on a given day, it also allows the aircraft to do so at a greater range. This keeps the aircraft farther away from the surface-to-air threats typically found in a target area."

Moving the APKWS to a fixed-wing aircraft began as an urgent operational need project for the Navy and Air Force in 2009. The tasking, called a joint concept technology demonstration, was to take the rotary-wing version of the rocket and modify it for fast-moving aircraft. The goal for the Air Force was to demonstrate it on the A-10 and the F-16 if possible, according to Stromsness. The Navy would test it on the AV-8B Harrier II and F/A-18 Hornet.

Eglin AFB's 96th Seek Eagle office worked with the APKWS team to obtain flight clearance for both aircraft so the developmental testing could begin.

An initial hurdle Stromsness and the test team discovered was the guidance section added 18 inches to the rocket. This addition caused it to be too long for the standard LAU-131 launcher. The Navy already had a modified launcher to fit the increased length of the rocket, so Stromsness brought those in to perform the tests.

"The great thing about the modified launchers is they can fire the guided and unguided rockets with no problems," Stromsness said. "If this project moves forward and becomes operational, the better modified launchers will replace the legacy ones on an attrition basis."

More Air Force testing and assessment will take place throughout 2013. The Navy is just behind the Air Force, successfully firing two APKWSs from an AV-8B, March 27. Once testing is complete, U.S. Central Command will submit a final report and endorsement to the Air Force and Navy program offices. According to Stromsness, if all goes smoothly, the APKWS could be ready for operational use by 2015. 

Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Demonstrates Anti-Ship Capability in Maritime Testing  Proven on land, and now proven over water.

Our APKWS™ laser-guided rockets excel at sea  9 April 2013

NASHUA, New Hampshire — The combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS™) laser-guided rocket achieved another first, launching from a helicopter over water and disabling multiple maritime targets. The successful test expands the technology’s reach from land to sea – making the APKWS rocket system an even more valuable tool for our armed forces.

“This demonstration proves the APKWS rocket’s ability to engage maritime targets including fast-inshore attack craft,” said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. “The APKWS product gives the U.S. Navy a powerful, mission-ready capability in a very mature and cost effective weapon that will enable them to defend against today’s non-traditional threats.”

The APKWS product is a guided 2.75-inch rocket system that uses semi-active laser guidance technology to strike soft and lightly armored targets in built-up and confined areas. The APKWS has been shot more than 100 times in combat operations in Afghanistan and has quickly become the weapon of choice since its March 2012 deployment, enabling low collateral damage precision engagements against moving and stationary targets in urban terrain operations.

BAE Systems' APKWS™ rocket with a high explosive warhead scored a direct hit on the target, disabling the boat.In its first over-water testing, the APKWS rocket was fired 10 times and scored 100 percent accuracy, landing direct hits on single and multiple maritime targets using inert warheads, Mk152 high explosive warheads, and MK149 flechette warheads. The guided rockets were fired from a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y at stationary and moving small boat targets at ranges of 2 to 4 kilometers. The targets were designated by a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter in a buddy lase scenario.

The Navy intends to integrate the laser-guided rocket system onto the Sikorsky MH-60R/S naval helicopters and other Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. A Joint Capability Technology Demonstration is underway to prove the military utility of the APKWS weapon on the AV-8, A-10 and potential future platforms such as the F-16, and F/A-18.

To date, the APKWS product is fully qualified on the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W and UH-1Y. BAE Systems has successfully launched APKWS from a variety of fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, including, the OH-58D(I) Kiowa Warrior, the Bell Helicopter B407-GT, and the Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C. The weapon's versatility and proven success in theater have driven the company to look to expand its use on additional U.S. and international platforms.

BAE Systems has seen significant interest from a number of international customers for the APKWS rocket, which is one-third of the cost and one-third of the weight of other laser-guided munitions in use by U.S. forces. The system is available through the foreign military sales process.

Raytheon/Chemring Group developing naval capability to defend against surface targets Low-cost system relies on existing missiles and launcher

19 February 2013  Raytheon Company, acting through its Missiles Systems business, and Chemring have agreed to develop a naval capability to defend against surface targets, for use on ships ranging in size from small patrol boats to large combatants. A briefing was being held at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2013, to discuss the development.

“This initiative combines Chemring’s innovative multi-mission launcher, CENTURION®, with a variety of Raytheon’s combat-tested missiles to provide a sea-based, inside-the-horizon defensive system,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “Our Raytheon-Chemring team will combine a multifunction decoy and missile launcher with world-class missiles and existing ship systems to provide a new mission capability to meet our customers’ specific self-defense needs.”

Currently in the integration engineering phase, live-fire testing of the new mission defense system is scheduled for mid-2013. Testing is expected to include at least two different missiles in order to establish a multimission capacity against maneuvering surface threats such as fast inshore attack craft.

The solution to counter fast inshore attack craft consists of a variety of Raytheon missiles with ranges matched to the intended target. The missiles will be fired from the Chemring CENTURION launcher, with initial target detection, tracking and identification provided by the ship’s sensors.

“Our shared goal is to generate a low-cost, effective and versatile solution to increase naval platform protection,” said Mark Papworth, chief executive of Chemring Group. “Thanks to a layered-defense approach capitalizing on the versatility of the CENTURION launcher and Raytheon’s missiles, users will have a multi-mission capability using a single-launch platform.”


Lockheed Martin Demonstrates DAGR Missile Ground Vehicle Launch Capability from JLTV

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21, 2013 – Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the ability of its DAGR missile to launch from a ground vehicle during a series of flight tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. and two Hydra 70 rockets were launched from a pedestal launcher mounted in the bed of a Lockheed Martin prototype Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). DAGR locked onto the laser spot two seconds after launch, flew 5 km down range and impacted the target within 1 meter of the laser spot. The unguided Hydra 70 rockets were launched down the center of the range, and flew 521 and 2,600 meters, respectively.

“DAGR delivers a high-precision defensive capability to the surface combat arena when paired with the pedestal launcher and a mobile ground platform like the JLTV,” said Ken Musculus, director of close combat systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Lockheed Martin’s pedestal launcher features four M299 launcher rails, associated cables and electronics, providing full compatibility with HELLFIRE® II and DAGR missiles. DAGR’s rail-mounted canister attaches to the pedestal launch rails as it would on a standard HELLFIRE launcher designed for aircraft.

DAGR incorporates proven HELLFIRE II technology into a 2.75-inch/70 millimeter guidance kit that integrates seamlessly with legacy Hydra-70 rockets. The result is a laser-guided missile that puts a 10-pound warhead within one meter of the laser spot, defeating high-value, non-armored or lightly-armored targets while minimizing collateral damage. DAGR’s lock-on-before launch mode ensures the missile identifies the correct target prior to launch.

Lockheed Martin has conducted 40 DAGR flight tests from ranges of 1 to 5.1 kilometers. DAGR has been launched from multiple HELLFIRE-equipped rotary-wing platforms, including the AH-64D Apache, AH-6 Little Bird and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. It has been launched from the pedestal launcher in three guided flight tests and five flights in total.

Lockheed Martin Receives $197 Million U.S. Army Contract for Guided MLRS Rocket Production

DALLAS, Jan. 30, 2013 – Lockheed Martin received a $197 million contract option from the U.S. Army for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket production.

This contract option was attached to the GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract, which now has a total funded value of $550.8 million. The GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract was originally awarded to Lockheed Martin in July 2012. This move enables the service to pay less for each rocket than if a separate 2013 production contract were issued.  “Our top priority is to ensure that our warfighters are equipped with the most effective, affordable and dependable weapon system available, and we’re proud that GMLRS meets that standard,” said Scott Arnold, vice president of precision fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The new allotment of rockets will be delivered to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps beginning in September 2014. Work will be performed at the Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Ark., and Dallas.

GMLRS is an all-weather, long-range rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons. GMLRS Unitary rockets greatly exceed the required combat reliability rate and have established a reputation for affordability.

Lockheed Martin has produced more than 20,000 GMLRS rockets. In combat operations, each rocket is packaged in an MLRS launch pod and is fired from the Lockheed Martin HIMARS or M270 family of launchers.

General Dynamics Receives $13 Million Navy Award for Common Missile Compartment Development

GROTON, Conn. –The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $12.8 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Ohio Replacement Program and the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Under the modification, Electric Boat will procure prototype material and equipment to be used in the production of the Common Missile Compartment.

The award modifies a $76 million contract announced in December 2008 for engineering, technical services, concept studies and design of a Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation ballistic missile submarines being developed for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy. This modification brings the total amount awarded under the contract to more than $770 million.

This work will engage Electric Boat’s engineering and design organization, which comprises more than 4,000 employees. Possessing proven technical capabilities, these employees work on all facets of the submarine life cycle from concept formulation and design through construction, maintenance and modernization, and eventually to inactivation and disposal.


Qatar orders 24 PzH 2000 Self-Propelled Howitzers and 62 Leopard 2 A7 + Main Battle Tanks

Munich, April 18th 2013 – The Emirate of Qatar is in the process of modernizing its land forces, comprising some 8500 soldiers, which operate a fleet of tanks and artillery that is in parts more than 40 years old. Therefore, Qatar signed a contract with the German defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) about the delivery of 24 artillery systems PzH 2000 and 62 LEOPARD 2 main battle tanks. The project´s total amount reaches €1.89 billion, including the delivery of peripheral equipment, training installations and additional services.

The systems delivered to Qatar by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann are intended to progressively replace the emirates outdated artillery and tanks of French and South African origin, which will be scrapped.


 Qatar also requests Javelin Missiles

 WASHINGTON, March 28, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress March 26 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for 500 Javelin Guided Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $122 million.

The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 500 Javelin Guided Missiles, 50 Command Launch Units (CLU), Battery Coolant Units, Enhanced Performance Basic Skills Trainer (EPBST), Missile Simulation Rounds (MSR), tripods, Javelin Weapon Effects Simulator (JAVWES), spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representative engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is $122 million.

German Navy buys 445 Block 2 MK-44 MOD 4 Rolling Airframe Missile Rounds

RAMSYS GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany, is being awarded a $343,550,330 firm-fixed-price contract for the production of 445 Block 2 MK-44 Mod 4 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Guided Missile Round Pack (GMRP) All-Up-Rounds (AURs). The RAM Guided Missile Weapon System is co-developed and co-produced under an International Cooperative Program between the United States and Federal Republic of Germany’s governments. RAM is a missile system designed to provide anti-ship missile defense for multiple ship platforms. This contract involves a purchase by the German government as a result of an international agreement between the governments of the United States and Germany. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (49.7 percent); Ottobrunn, Germany (42.7 percent); Rocket Center, W.Va. (4.5 percent); and Andover, Mass. (3.1 percent) and is expected to be completed by January 2019. This contract will be funded 100 percent by the Federal Republic of Germany. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding in the amount of $1,347,902 will be obligated at the time of the award. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(4). The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-13-C-5459).

United Kingdom Wants 500 AGM-114N4/P4 Hellfire II Missiles WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for 500 AGM-114-N4/P4 HELLFIRE missiles. The estimated cost is $95 million.

This program will directly contribute to the U.S. foreign and national security policies by enhancing the close air support capability of the United Kingdom in support of NATO, ISAF, and other coalition operations. Common close air support capabilities greatly increases interoperability between our two countries’ military and peacekeeping forces and allow for greater burden sharing.

The proposed sale will support the UK’s ability to meet current and future threats by providing close air support to counter enemy attacks on coalition ground forces in Afghanistan. The UK, which already has HELLFIRE missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.


Singapore desires AIM-9X SIDEWINDER Missiles,  AIM-120C7 AMRAAM and Related Support

 WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 3 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Singapore for 20 AIM 9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All Up Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $36 million.

The Government of the Republic of Singapore has requested a possible sale of 20 AIM 9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All Up Round Missiles, 8 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 5 CATM-9X-2 Block II Missile Guidance units, 2 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance units, containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $36 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress April 3 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Republic of Singapore for 100 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $210 million.

The Government of Singapore has requested a possible sale of 100 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), AMRAAM Programmable Advanced System Interface Simulator (PASIS), 10 AMRAAM Spare Guidance Sections, 18 AN/AVS-9(V) Night Vision Goggles, H-764G with GEM V Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM), Common Munitions Built-in-Test Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE-Plus) in support of a Direct Commercial Sale of new F-15SG aircraft. Also included: containers, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $210 million. 


Russia to Get New ICBM Later this Year

MOSCOW, April 18 - The first modernized intercontinental ballistic missile, Yars-M, will enter service with Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) later this year, RVSN Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karavayev said on Thursday.

A defense industry source previously told RIA Novosti the Armed Forces will take delivery of a fifth-generation Yars-M missile before the end of the current year.

Karavayev declined to provide any details, including the missile’s specifications.

The existing RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name, SS-29) is a MIRV’ed ICBM that is heavier than the Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin) and can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads.


RS-24 Yars ballistic missilesThe RVSN previously said that the Topol-M and RS-24 ballistic missiles will be the mainstay of the ground-based component of Russia's nuclear triad and would account for no less than 80 percent of the RVSN’s arsenal by 2016.

Karavayev also said the Tatishchevo RVSN Division, near the city of Saratov in southwestern Russia, at present has 60 Topol-M missile systems.

The Topol-M missile, with a range of about 7,000 miles (11,000 km), is said to be immune to any current and planned US antiballistic missile defense. It is capable of making evasive maneuvers, and carries targeting countermeasures and decoys.

By 2020, the RVSN are expected to be equipped with over 170 Topol-Ms (mobile and silo-based), as well as 30 SS-19 and 108 RS-24 missile defense systems in nine divisions.


Raytheon's Patriot missiles receive US Army service life extension: Recertification provides customers cost-effective path to upgrades

TEWKSBURY, Mass., April 1, 2013 / -- Raytheon Company's Patriot missiles, critical components of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System, have received U.S. Army approval for a second recertification, extending the operational life of the worldwide inventory of Patriot missiles from 30 to 45 years. This extension allows customers to recertify and/or upgrade their inventory of Raytheon's Patriot missiles at a fraction of the cost of replacing them with alternative interceptors.

"This is a testament to Patriot's capabilities and combat performance that continue to exceed all expectations, now and over its successful operational life," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "This significant life extension decision by the Army comes on the heels of a recent $46.7 million U.S. Army contract awarded to Raytheon to recertify and upgrade Patriot missiles to the latest GEM-T configuration as part of the continuous Patriot modernization effort."

The underlying technology and operational capability of the missiles have been continually enhanced to counter high-speed tactical ballistic missiles and air breathing threats. Over the last 20 years, Raytheon's Patriot missiles have undergone more than 500 successful test firings. Raytheon's support structure includes a global base of more than 300 suppliers committed to mission performance and readiness of the Patriot missiles.

About Patriot

Patriot is the world's most capable air and missile defense system, providing protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.


Raytheon delivers first Standard Missile-6 from new Alabama missile integration facility; SM-6 program on track to reach initial operating capability in 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the first Standard Missile-6 all-up-round to the U.S. Navy from its new integration and testing facility in Huntsville, Ala. SM-6 defends naval vessels against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

"SM-6 is a game-changing, transformational fleet defense missile, and we're on track to reach initial operating capability this year," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "Our state-of-the-art production facility in Huntsville will play a significant role in delivering this asset to the U.S. Navy on time and on budget for years to come."

Raytheon opened the doors of its new $75 million, 70,000 square-foot, all-up-round production facility at Redstone Arsenal in November 2012. The facility features advanced tools and the latest processes for missile production, enabling Raytheon to streamline processes, reduce costs and add increased value for the warfighter.

"The SM-6's capabilities signal a new era in fleet defense for our U.S. Navy warfighters," said Wes Kremer, vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "The Huntsville team is fully committed to delivering this missile to our country's sailors with the kind of mission assurance they've come to rely on."

During a September 2012 test, SM-6 destroyed a cruise missile target using a remote cue from Raytheon's JLENS. The test was a significant step toward further extending a ship's defended footprint.


US Navy Unveils Its First Laser Gun

Reported By Jason Kelly   – April 10, 2013  We all know the old saying about the unfortunate soul who brought a knife to the gunfight. In the not-too-distant future, we should be able to say we bested our adversaries because we had lasers, and they showed up with only a gun.

In fiscal year 2014, the Navy will put a solid-state laser gun aboard USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. The tests we run with this weapon will help us develop a prototype system that can be tailored to many surface combatant classes.

Watch a demonstration of the high-energy laser aboard a moving surface combatant ship and against remotely piloted aircraft same weapon that can be used to identify and then issue a non-lethal warning to an approaching unmanned air vehicle can then set a drone ablaze and send it crashing to the ground. With lasers, our aim becomes more precise, and we can engage at the speed of light.

This goes beyond “fire and forget.” This is all about “knowing before you fire, knowing as you are firing, and then knowing and having evidence that you were effective in your last shot.”

We’ve already successfully test-fired on unmanned aircraft and small boats. Additional target sets will follow.

And the best part of this story? It costs less than $1 to take a shot with a laser, and it doesn’t require our Sailors to load ships up with hazardous materials such as propellants and explosives.

You need two things to operate a laser: electricity and cooling. We can get the electricity from the ship’s power system and use available chilled water to cool it. With ample supply of both, we have a virtual bottomless magazine.

It’s cheap, it’s safe, it’s the future . . . and the future is here.

The Office of Naval Research is proud to have contributed to this cutting-edge technology, and we’re grateful to our research partners at Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, the Secretary of Defense’s High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, among others.

But most important, we’re confident of the solid-state laser’s ability to help our Sailors and Marines complete their missions more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, California, on July 30, 2012.

Raytheon demonstrates new Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range JSOW-ER integrated fuel system provides greater capability to warfighter

TUCSON, Ariz., April 9, 2013 - Raytheon Company successfully demonstrated a new integrated fuel system for the company's extended range version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW ER). During the test, a new production representative tactical fuel tank and fuel delivery system were integrated with the TJ-150 turbojet engine on a modified JSOW C-1 air vehicle.

The functional ground test verified the end-to-end operations of a powered JSOW with the new tactical fuel system, which confirmed the weapon can extend its current range by four times, to more than 250 nautical miles. The functional ground test is a continuation of the design-and-build effort of the tactical fuel system and its air vehicle integration, evolving the JSOW ER from its 2009 successful joint free-flight technology demonstration configuration between Raytheon and the U.S. Navy. The weapon flew 264 nautical miles during the demonstration.

"This test further verifies Raytheon can answer U.S. and allied warfighter concerns regarding advanced threat systems by extending the standoff range of a proven weapon system, while maintaining all of the JSOW C-1 strengths of survivability, lethality, affordability and networked-enabled capability," said Celeste Mohr, JSOW program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "This test clears the way for our upcoming captive carry test that will bring JSOW ER one step closer to the warfighter."

The functional ground test integrated subsystems with high technology readiness level components from Raytheon and its industry partners. Prior to the functional ground test, a fuel characterization test was conducted on the new fuel tank and fuel delivery system; the test exceeded expectations by demonstrating higher than predicted usable fuel in simulated operational environments. Raytheon conducted both tests using company research and development funding. JSOW ER retains the current shape and form of JSOW C-1, minimizing fleet integration costs while providing the warfighter with the capability to engage moving maritime targets as well as stationary land targets at an extended range. The weapon also maintains JSOW C-1's datalink radio and modified seeker software for significant capability in the anti-surface warfare mission.

About the Joint Standoff Weapon

JSOW is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground weapons that employs an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and terminal imaging infrared seeker. JSOW C-1 adds the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink to the combat-proven weapon, enabling a moving maritime target capability. The low cost, low risk development spiral of JSOW ER extends the standoff range to more than 250 nautical miles. The JSOW family is the only internally carried anti-surface warfare and integrated air defense standoff weapon on the F-35A and F-35C aircraft roadmap.



Boeing Names Ferra Engineering a Supplier for Extended Range JDAMs ; Contract broadens Boeing's work with Australian industry

SYDNEY, March 13, 2013 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has selected Brisbane, Australia-based Ferra Engineering to build wing kits that triple the effective range of the Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) and allow aircrews to deploy the weapon from beyond the range of an enemy's air defense system. A JDAM ER is shown here in an artist's rendering.


Raytheon, US Navy demonstrate new dual targeting capability for JSOW C-1; Weapon hits two stationary land targets during integrated test phase

CHINA LAKE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2013 -- The U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated the dual targeting capability of Raytheon Company's Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1. Two recent tests during the program's integrated test phase prove the weapon can engage challenging stationary targets. Previous testing in the integrated test phase demonstrated JSOW C-1's capability against moving maritime targets.

The first stationary land target test was designed to assess JSOW's capability against operationally realistic infrared and radio frequency countermeasures. An F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft launched a JSOW C-1 from approximately 29,000 feet and 17.5 nautical miles from the target. The weapon flew a preplanned route at 0.83 mach airspeed, employed 3-D waypoints, and successfully impacted a cement wall on a simulated bunker.

The second stationary land target test was designed to demonstrate JSOW's performance at night against an operationally representative bunker target. An F/A-18F Super Hornet launched the JSOW C-1 from approximately 25,000 feet. The JSOW C-1 flew the preplanned route at 0.81 mach airspeed and successfully impacted the buried bunker. Both tests occurred at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif.

"These tests demonstrate that JSOW C-1 provides the U.S. and allied warfighters with a new dual capability to engage both stationary land targets and moving ships at range," said Celeste Mohr, JSOW program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "These tests help clear the way for the important operational test phase of the program scheduled to begin early next year."

The JSOW C-1 is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage moving maritime targets, while retaining its robust capability against stationary land targets. The weapon is a modification to the existing JSOW C, which adds a weapon datalink radio and modified seeker software to increase capability for the anti-surface warfare mission.


Lockheed Martin Receives $71 Million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Contract From DARPA

ORLANDO, Fla., March 5, 2013 – Lockheed Martin has received a $71 million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) modification contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities.

Under this contract, an additional air-launched LRASM flight test will be conducted from a B-1B in 2013. There are already two air-launched flight tests scheduled for this year as part of the Phase 2 LRASM contract awarded in 2010.

The contract also includes two surface-launched LRASM flight tests scheduled for 2014. Risk reduction efforts, such as electromagnetic compatibility testing of the missile and follow-on captive carry sensor suite missions, are also included under the contract.

LRASM is an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful JASSM-ER, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters. LRASM is in development with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research.

“This contract modification furthers the development of LRASM as we are committed to provide the Navy with an offensive anti-surface weapon (OASuW) alternative that is compatible with multiple platforms,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air-launched program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Lockheed Martin is also investing internal research and development funds in LRASM’s shipboard integration with the Weapon Control System and MK 41 Vertical Launching System. As part of this investment, Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the mission planning of a LRASM-based OASuW capability using a simulated surface ship Weapon Control System.

“Our company investment in shipboard integration, combined with the new surface-launch flight tests, will provide an integrated OASuW solution compatible with surface ships,” said Scott Callaway, LRASM surface-launched program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. with a proven penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, LRASM cruises autonomously, day or night, in all weather conditions. The missile employs a multi-modal sensor, weapon data link, and an enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to detect and destroy specific targets within a group of ships.

Raytheon delivers second Phalanx Block 1B for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer; Direct commercial sale contract calls for three systems

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the second Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System for installation on Australia's newest Air Warfare Destroyer, the Brisbane.

A previously awarded direct commercial sale contract calls for a total of three Phalanx mounts to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy. The first mount was delivered in late 2012 for installation aboard the Hobart. A third system is under construction and will be installed on the Sydney in 2014.

"These Phalanx systems will give the Royal Australian Navy the most advanced ship self-defense capability available worldwide," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Thanks to recent engineering changes, we have improved the system's reliability, added capability and greatly improved the sailor-to-machine interface in order to defeat extended-range air and surface threats."


US Navy Awards Boeing High Altitude Anti-Submarine Weapon Contract Glide weapon will target submarines using smart bomb technology   ST. CHARLES, Mo., April 8, 2013

A new precision-guided weapon that Boeing will provide to the U.S. Navy will fundamentally change anti-submarine warfare by incorporating technologies never before used on an anti-submarine weapon.

Through a recently awarded $19.2 million contract, Boeing will design and build the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC). The system will leverage combat-proven technologies from Boeing’s Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) so it can be launched from high altitudes and far from targets.

“A new era in anti-submarine warfare is about to begin,” said James Dodd, vice president of Boeing Weapons & Missile Systems. “The capability HAAWC gives U.S. Navy sub-hunters is unparalleled compared with what is available today.”

Adapting current JDAM and SDB technologies will also reduce development risk and cost for the Navy.

“Providing this advanced capability to Navy warfighters as soon as possible is vital to help protect the United States’ maritime interests around the world,” said Scott Wuesthoff, director of Boeing Direct Attack Weapons.


Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP)BAE Systems’ 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectile Aces Live Fire Tests:

BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Corporation recently completed a series of successful guided flight tests for 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) as part of the on-going qualification test program at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. 22 February 2013

The three tests evaluated the LRLAP’s long-range (63 nautical miles) flight performance and accuracy with a pre-conditioned tactical rocket motor in hot, ambient, and cold temperatures.

All test requirements were met or exceeded, and all range, accuracy, and lethality objectives were successfully demonstrated.

“This was a critical step forward for the U.S. Navy’s 155-mm LRLAP program,” said Tom Pfenning, director of Precision Guided Munitions at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems continues to progress on track to fully qualify the 155-mm LRLAP in support of the deployment of the Advanced Gun System aboard the DDG 1000.”

The 155-mm LRLAP is effective against a variety of targets in multiple mission areas and was designed to provide expeditionary forces with an affordable, ship-launched alternative to currently used missiles. The LRLAP is guided by a GPS and Inertial Measurement Unit, allowing for high levels of accuracy at ranges beyond 63 nautical miles. This capability reduces costs by requiring fewer rounds to achieve desired effects on targets and is effective where collateral damage is an issue.

BAE Systems is progressing toward completing 155-mm LRLAP live fire testing in Q4 of 2013.


Excalibur 1b,Raytheon's new precision artillery ready for low-rate initial production Feb. 20, 2013

Raytheon Company received a U.S. Army fiscal year 2012 contract for the production of Excalibur Increment Ib precision-guided projectiles. The $56.6 million contract, awarded in December, marks the start of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of Excalibur Ib.

Excalibur is a 155mm precision-guided, extended-range projectile that uses GPS precision guidance to provide accurate, first round, fire-for-effect capability in any environment.

"The U.S. Army and Raytheon team worked tirelessly to take Excalibur Ib from design to production in just a few years. The Excalibur Increment Ib round was designed to improve reliability and lower unit costs while maintaining its world class precision for our warfighters," said Lt. Col. Josh Walsh, the U.S. Army Excalibur program manager. "With a radial miss distance of less than 4 meters at ranges in excess of 35 kilometers, Excalibur continues to provide maneuver commanders with an organic precision fires capability not seen before."

Future Excalibur Ib LRIP contract options through fiscal year 2016 include additional quantities to support U.S. forces' increased inventory requirements, training allocations and military sales.

"The threats are constantly changing, and the way we counter them must also evolve and change," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Army programs at Raytheon Missile Systems. "Excalibur Ib's design flexibility will allow software changes and capability improvements in response to future warfighter needs."

About Excalibur

  • Excalibur Ib deliveries to the Army are scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2013.

  • When compared with other artillery rounds, Excalibur's precision provides a major reduction in the mission time, cost, logistical burden and risk of collateral damage.

  • Excalibur is a co-development program between Raytheon Company and BAE Systems/Bofors.


Precision Extended Range Munition to improve capabilities of US Marine Corps expeditionary forces TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 22, 2013 -- The United States Marine Corps awarded Raytheon Company a contract for the design, development and demonstration of a new production representative 120mm long-range, guided-mortar munition.

Once fielded, the Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) will be used with the M327 rifled towed mortar, the primary weapon system of the Expeditionary Fire Support System. The system provides all-weather, ground-based close support, and immediately responsive and accurate indirect fires in support of the Marine air-to-ground task force.

"Leveraging our extensive experience with precision munitions, Raytheon will provide the Marine Corps with precision, highly lethal indirect fire support for its combat operations while minimizing collateral damage," said Tom Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Our PERM solution is also expected to reduce logistical burdens since fewer rounds will be needed to accomplish the mission."

Under the PERM contract, Raytheon will design, develop, test and deliver mature, production-representative mortars for a live-fire demonstration by the Marines in 18 months. The company has partnered with Israeli Military Industries, an experienced provider of weapon systems.

About PERM

Excalibur-like operational flexibility and precision lethality for the Marine expeditionary unit.

Extended range to reach enemy artillery, command and control centers, and other targets beyond current mortar capabilities.

Engineering and manufacturing development program expected to be completed within 24 months.

Robust across all-weather conditions and terrain.


New orders for Saab Switzerland’s MAPAM

 14 January 2013, Defence and security company Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland Ltd (SBDS) has signed two contracts for initial deliveries of MAPAM (Mortar Anti Personnel Anti Material) in new developed configurations and calibers.

The order, which was signed in 2012, has a total value of MSEK 11.2 and comprises production and delivery of MAPAM 60mm ER (extended range) with proximity fuze and MAPAM 81mm standard configuration.

“This is a big milestone for MAPAM due to the fact that both types of MAPAM are completely new on the market. Within the past only standard 60mm has been available. Now that SBDS has not only a new product with the 81mm but is also able to provide different configurations e.g. extended range, for both calibers, a new market has been opened”, says Mr. Kai Schlegel (Area Sales Manager and Product Manager for MAPAM).

The industry’s nature is such that depending on circumstances concerning the product and customer, information regarding the customer will not be announced.

MAPAM has a long and successful history. All existing customers are convinced that MAPAM is the mortar of choice. With the new possibilities of configuration and calibres SBDS offers a variety of solutions. The customers are therefore able to choose not only the state-of-the-art mortar but are also able to adapt MAPAM to the individual demands of their forces.

Deliveries will take place during 2013.


Boeing-led Missile Defense Team Completes GMD Flight Test : Ground-based Midcourse Defense team returns to flight testing with successful fly-out mission, System remains on alert for US missile defense protection

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Jan. 26, 2013 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA], working with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and industry teammates, today returned the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to testing with a successful flight. GMD is the United States' only defense against long-range ballistic missile threats.

"Today's test signals the next step in GMD’s future capability and is the culmination of successful partnerships among government, military leaders and industry,” said Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager for Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems. "Throughout our team effort to solve one of the toughest challenges facing the aerospace industry, GMD remained on alert and continues to defend the United States."

GMD flight testing was halted in early 2011 after a guidance error resulted in a failed intercept in a December 2010 test.

"Returning to flight has been the top priority for the GMD program. We have used industry and government's combined expertise to solve a complex technical issue related to what the interceptor's exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) experiences in space,” said Norm Tew, Boeing vice president and GMD program director. “Today's success is an important step toward our next goal of a successful intercept test."

The test at Vandenberg Air Force Base began at 2 p.m. Pacific time with the launch of a GMD ground-based interceptor (GBI) carrying a next-generation EKV. The test measured the EKV's performance as the vehicle operated under stressful space conditions. Data gathered during the test will be used to validate the EKV's design.

GMD is an integral element of the United States' layered ballistic missile defense architecture. With interceptors deployed at Vandenberg and at Fort Greely, Alaska, the program consists of command-and-control facilities, communications terminals and a 20,000-mile fiber-optic communications network that interface with ballistic missile defense radars and other sensors. Boeing has served as prime contractor since 2001 and works with industry partners Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Raytheon.

Lockheed Martin Receives $755 Million Contract for Production of PAC-3 Missiles

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2013 – Lockheed Martin received a contract totaling $755 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment program.

The contract includes Fiscal Year 2013 (FY‘13) missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile to Taiwan. In 2009, Taiwan became the fifth international customer for the PAC-3 Missile.

The contract includes production of 168 hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missiles, 27 launcher modification kits and associated tooling, as well as program management and services. This is the 14th production buy of the PAC-3 Missile Segment by the U.S. government.

“The PAC-3 Missile remains in demand from the U.S. and governments around the world,” said Richard McDaniel, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “In fact, we continue to see expanding interest from all PATRIOT-using nations as well as from countries that want to acquire the PAC-3 Missile Segment for the first time.”

Production of all equipment will take place at Lockheed Martin manufacturing facilities in Dallas and Lufkin, Texas; Chelmsford, Mass.; and Ocala, Fla., as well as the PAC-3 All-Up Round facility in Camden, Ark. Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2014.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade to the PATRIOT air defense system. The PAC-3 Missile Segment consists of the PAC-3 Missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (each of which hold four PAC-3 Missiles, with four canisters per launcher), a fire solution computer and an enhanced launcher electronics system and launcher support hardware.

Lockheed Martin is a world leader in systems integration and the development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, including the first operational hit-to-kill missile. It also has considerable experience in missile design and production, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, as well as radar and signal processing. The company makes significant contributions to all major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.



On 6th March 2013, the Italian Army and the French Air Force deployed their SAMP/T medium range air defence systems for the first time within a NATO architecture in successfully intercepting a target representative of a theatre ballistic missile. After about 300 km of ballistic flight, the target, which had been launched from an aircraft, was destroyed by the Aster 30 interceptor missile.

This technical operational evaluation firing was jointly carried out by the Italian 4th Artillery Regiment of Mantova and the French military airborne test centre (CEAM) of Mont-de-Marsan at the DGA’s Biscarosse missile test centre. The test brought into play significant elements of several DGA and NATO centres. success marks another step achieved in demonstrating the capabilities of the SAMP/T weapon system to counter a ballistic threat within a NATO framework. It follows on from two other successful firings carried out in October 2010 and November 2011 against the same type of threat.

The features of the SAMP/T system, called MAMBA by the French Air Force, are in particular its 360° defence coverage, its range, the agility of the missile, its modularity and its ability to deal simultaneously with all types of modern airborne targets.

In service with Italy and France, the SAMP/T system is the corner stone of these two countries’ contribution to NATO’s ALTBMD (Active Layered Tactical Ballistic Missile Defense) programme for the protection of deployed forces against ballistic threats.

On March 6th 2013, the SAMP/T system scored a new success.  A joint team of French and Italian crew operating 2 French Air Force SAMP/T units conducted a test fire against a ballistic threat.

This was the third time that SAMP/T proceeded to a test firing against such type of threat, the second time by an operational crew. The test took place in CELM (South West of France), the DGA firing polygon. Like the previous ATBM firings, in October 2010 and November 2011, the target, air launched, was representative of a 300 km range TBM threat.

The differences with the previous ATBM intercept were significant, though. This firing was a premiere in several ways. On the one hand it was the first SAMP/T firing using L16 for data links with the higher echelons. On the other hand, while the previous 2 ATBM tests were conducted in a French specific environment, wholly controlled by DGA and French Air Force, this latest one can be called the first SAMP/T firing test in a NATO environment, close to what would be an operational use for an ATBM mission under the aegis of the alliance ALTBMD programme. NATO BMDOC, located in Ramstein, was in the loop via L16 network. Last but not least, though the ground equipment was provided by French Air Force, the crew was a mix of Italian Army and French Air Force personnel, a token of the long lasting cooperation between the 2 Nations in developing, building, testing and fielding SAMP/T.

DGA sensors did provide the firing units and the command levels long-range detection data on A L16 radio network. DGA MI, in Bruz, acted as a L16 national C2, interfacing in L16 both with NATO BMDOC, via L16 JREAP and with SAMP/T. Once target was acquired by the ARABEL multi-function radars of the 2 SAMP/T deployed, the test scenario unwound according to plan: one of the 2 SAMP/T of the deployment was selected and the ASTER 30 B1 missile fired did score a direct hit against the ballistic target.

It is the second direct hit in 2 ATBM test firings by SAMP/T end user. It is also the 13th SAMP/T firing success in a row, an uninterrupted series since system qualification firings started back in 2005, followed by operational forces firings, since 2008.

SAMP/T is the only non-US built long-range air defense system contributing to the NATO Alliance capability against ballistic threats. French and Italian governments have committed to contribute to NATO ATBM defence with SAMP/T systems. NATO, Italian and French high-level representatives witnessed the test in CELM, as well as NATO personnel in Ramstein, thanks to the L16 data exchange.

Eurosam has delivered to date 14 units to Italy and France, including 2 First of Class units. France will deploy 10 SAMP/T in 5 air defence squadrons, 4 of which are currently equipped or being equipped. The Italian Army will regroup 5 SAMP/T units in one Regiment, in Mantova, with 4 already delivered.


MBDA AND THALES EXTEND THEIR COOPERATION ON Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) 05/04/2013

The core Team Complex Weapons (Team CW) air defence missile development programme – the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) for the Future Local Anti-Air Defence System (FLAADS) – has been the catalyst for the creation of a new business relationship between MBDA and Thales UK’s Belfast site.

Over the last year, as part of on-going activity to develop the UK Complex Weapons (CW) supply chain and to realise the complementary skills of Thales, the two companies have been exploring opportunities to work together on CAMM, drawing on the missile design and manufacture capabilities in Northern Ireland.

thumbnailWork placed with Thales Belfast on this important development project now exceeds £1M and has also opened up opportunities for a further £8M of manufacturing work in the next phase of the project. Thales is involved in a number of aspects of the CAMM Demonstration project with work now covering the assessment and modelling of the thermal management within the missile, structural analysis work, and the use of precision manufacturing capabilities to make a number of the missile components.

Steve Wadey, MBDA Executive Group Director Technical and Managing Director UK, commented that “This is a significant milestone between MBDA and Thales Belfast, demonstrating a new business relationship utilising CW capabilities across the UK in the most effective way for the benefit of our customers.

Alex Cresswell, Executive Vice President for Land and Air Systems at Thales, said, “The companies are now planning to build on this successful start in the next few months by putting in place a single overall enabling contract to facilitate the efficient placement of future work. This illustrates the commitment of both MBDA and Thales to work together to benefit our complex weapon customers.”

The companies are now exploring a number of areas of likely cooperation across other projects and throughout the product lifecycle. In the area of In-Service Support (ISS), for example, the companies are working together to see what additional value can be delivered to the UK customer by exploiting the opportunity created by the British Army re-basing decision to bring all of its current air defence assets together at Thorney Island.

In addition, MBDA and Thales UK’s Basingstoke site have also taken significant steps forward over the last six months using two pilot projects, focused on missile safety and arming units and intelligent fuzes, to transform the traditional transactional customer-supplier relationship into one where both parties are actively working together. In January 2012, MBDA selected Thales Basingstoke to supply the CAMM laser proximity fuze under an £11m contract.

MBDA is developing a common missile that will meet the future anti-air target requirements of Navies, Armies and Air Forces. Given that the target set, ranging from fast jets and helicopters to cruise missiles and UAVs, is similar across the sea, land and air domains, a weapon solution maximising modularity and commonality has obvious cost and logistics benefits. MBDA's common missile is called CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile) and is currently in MoD funded development as part of the Royal Navy's Sea Ceptor weapon system. CAMM will be designed for exportability and a CAMM based weapon system provided by MBDA can be tailored for an overseas customers’ single service or cross service operations.

FLAADS is the far-reaching MoD programme aimed at delivering a new air defence system not only for the Royal Navy but also for the British Army to replace its Rapier deployable air defence system. At the heart of both systems (SEA CEPTOR for the Royal Navy and the future CEPTOR-based land system for the British Army) is MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM).

The proximity fuze contract followed almost 5 years of Thales research and development and collaborative working with MBDA on the FLAADS/CAMM Concept and Assessment phase. The proximity fuze solution improves performance whilst significantly reducing price, through the use of modularity, generic signal processing and COTS components.



Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests.

The installation of weapons under the wings provides new operational capabilities to the C295 MPA allowing the aircraft to perform new missions demanding by the customers. In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo.

This successful trial provides further proof of the operational versatility of the Marte missile and clearly establishes it as the benchmark weapon in the medium weight anti-ship missile sector. Marte Mk2/S is already integrated on the AW-101 and the NFH (Naval NH90) helicopters in service with the Italian Navy and integration activities for the Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon are currently underway.

The MBDA Marte MK2/S missile is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels. The missile has a weight of 310 kg and is 3.85 m long.




Raytheon awarded $81.7 million production contract for Miniature Air Launched Decoy - Jammer units, Latest variant provides jamming capability to weapon

TUCSON, Ariz., April 22, 2013 / The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon Company a firm-fixed-price $81.7 million option for Lot 6 on the Lot 5 contract for the production and delivery of 202 MALD®-J jammers and containers. The contract also includes a 10-year warranty.

The contract was awarded in Raytheon's first quarter of 2013.

"MALD-J adds a jamming capability to the current decoy function of the MALD that disrupts enemy integrated air defense systems using jamming and radar signature technology," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "This weapon will provide unprecedented capability and flexibility to the U.S. Air Force and improve the survivability of our Airmen and their aircraft."

Performance of the contract will take place primarily at the Raytheon Company facility located in Tucson, Ariz.

About MALD and MALD-J

MALD is a state-of-the-art, low-cost flight vehicle that is modular, air-launched and programmable. It weighs less than 300 pounds and has a range of approximately 500 nautical miles. MALD protects aircraft and their crews by duplicating the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability to the basic MALD platform.

  • MALD confuses enemy air defenses by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures.
  • MALD-J maintains all capabilities of MALD and adds jamming capabilities.
  • Raytheon began delivery of MALD-Js in the fall of 2012.

Lockheed Martin’s Nemesis Missile Scores 3-For-3 in Flight Tests  ORLANDO, Fla., April 15, 2013 – Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the launch, guided flight, target acquisition and precision strike capability of its Nemesis missile in three flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Nemesis is a man-portable, surface-launched missile that enables warfighters to engage targets with precision lethality from as close as 100 meters to well beyond line of sight. The missile can be employed during dismounted operations as well as be adapted for employment from various ground, maritime or airborne platforms.

“Nemesis provides critical performance to forward-deployed troops in response to a stated warfighter capability gap,” said Frank St. John, vice president of tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Warfighters must be able to trust that the weapons they deploy will deliver the intended effects every time. Our three-for-three flight tests demonstrate the missile is reliable and lethal.”

In the first two tests, Nemesis demonstrated vertical launch, GPS navigation to targets located at distances of eight and 12 kilometers, engagement by the missile’s semi-active laser (SAL) seeker and live warhead detonation. In both flights, Nemesis performed flawlessly, destroying the intended targets. The successful third shot demonstrated the vertical launch of an inert round, followed by GPS-only navigation to a target positioned just 100 meters away.

Nemesis is fired vertically from its launch tube, enabling 360-degree engagement capability. A combat-proven rocket motor, deployable wing and GPS guidance enable the missile to engage targets in excess of 12 kilometers. The missile’s SAL seeker activates in the terminal phase of flight to provide precision accuracy and minimize collateral damage. The user is also able to select height of burst or point-detonation fuzing options to optimize lethality against enemy personnel, light armored vehicles and structures.

Nemesis’s ability to be deployed from airborne Common Launch Tubes fulfills existing Special Operations Forces and U.S. Marine Corps requirements for a standoff precision guided munition. The missile can also be configured for internal or external carriage on other fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. Nemesis’ versatility enables it to contribute to a wide array of critical missions.

Lockheed Martin funded the development of the Nemesis missile, building upon proven technologies from demonstrated systems, including HELLFIRE II, DAGR and Scorpion. Using components from these systems reduces risk and shortens the time from initial development to participation in government-funded flight tests.

The Nammo Group has agreed to acquire all shares of Pocal Industries Inc. of PA., USA.

Acquiring Pocal Industries is for Nammo an important element to expand its footprint and capacity within the ammunition business in the US. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the approval by US Government.

“We feel that this acquisition will add stability to our current workload as well as increasing the opportunities for future growth”, says Vince Fedele, President of Pocal Industries, Inc.

“The synergy and competence between Pocal and Nammo within training ammunition, mortar business and the strength of a US located advanced machining center are some of the benefits we welcome”, says Edgar Fossheim, President & CEO of the Nammo Group. He emphasizes that the new unit in Nammo will continue to be an excellent supplier to the US Government as well as developing the company into an international market arena in a long term perspective.

About Pocal
Pocal Industries Inc, Pennsylvania has over 30 years of background in US ammunition business specializing in short range and full range practice mortar ammunition, ignition cartridges and fuzes. Pocal Industries have located their machining operations in Scranton, PA and its assembly operations in Moscow, PA. The company has 65 employees and an annual turnover of around 20 MUSD.

U.S. Army Awards BAE Systems Contract to Produce More Innovative Explosives: Valued at as much as $780 million over the next five years, the contract allows BAE Systems to continue producing explosives at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee. 22 March 2013

Under this contract, the company received an initial $18.4 million order to produce additional quantities of IMX-101, an insensitive munition that is approved by the Army as a safe and effective replacement for TNT in artillery rounds.

"The work we do at Holston is critical to the defense of our nation and to the safety of our men and women in uniform," said Erin Moseley, president of BAE Systems' Support Solutions sector. "IMX-101 is truly innovative and is revolutionizing military ordnance. Once fully fielded, it will help save lives on and off the battlefield."

BAE Systems developed IMX-101 and fielded it in partnership with the Army at the Holston plant, which the company operates and manages for the government. IMX-101 is part of a new family of explosives under development called Insensitive Munitions eXplosives (IMX). These explosive formulations are significantly more stable than conventional TNT and Composition B, making the weapon systems they support safer for troops to transport and handle.

BAE Systems is an industry leader in managing government-owned and contractor-operated munitions sites for the U.S. military. The company has been the operating contractor of the Holston plant since 1999, developing a wide range of explosive formulations for both military and commercial applications. In 2012, the company became the operating contractor of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Virginia. The Radford plant, similar to Holston, manufactures a range of propellants for military munitions.

Chemring Group announced NIITEK Spanish Army Order 28 January 2013

Chemring Group PLC  is pleased to announce that the Spanish Government will procure the Husky Mounted Detection System (HMDS™) with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) as the Vehicle Mounted Mine Detection solution for the Spanish Army from its US subsidiary, Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology, Inc. ("NIITEK"). NIITEK, along with its partners Critical Solutions International (CSI), maker of the Husky 2G, a two-seat variant of the HUSKY, and Eleycon 21, a Spanish based company representing NIITEK and CSI in Spain, were awarded a contract in excess of $20M by the Spanish Army for six systems plus spares and training for delivery this year. The NIITEK portion of this one year contract is $4.87M for six GPR systems, initial spares, and training. The contract awarded will support Spanish combat engineers and troops deployed to Afghanistan.

The NIITEK HMDS is a high-performance Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system which functions on blast resistant vehicles to provide real-time identification of anti-vehicular landmines and other explosive hazards on main supply routes (MSRs) and open areas such as minefields.

“We are honored to have been selected to provide the combat proven HMDS to a key NATO ally and are looking forward to working with the Government of Spain and the Spanish Army,” said Juan Navarro, President of NIITEK. "The Spanish Army joins the growing list of NATO partners that have acquired this key component of the Route Clearance Package. The HMDS system has proven to be a useful technology against the threat of buried explosive hazards and IED’s that Spanish soldiers and NATO Coalition partners face in the current theatre of operations.”

BAE Systems Get $43 Million for Developing Micro Bots for the Army Research Lab

The Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative continues the development of future technology in order to help bring the warfighter home safely. (Photo: BAE Systems)BAE Systems has been awarded a $43 million cooperative agreement extension to lead the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) Collaborative Technology Alliance for an additional five years. As a result, the company will have a significant role working with the MAST Alliance’s team of scientists from the U.S. Army, academia, and industry as it advances bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces. The goal of the research is to enable small robotic platforms – that would be used by individual soldiers – to remotely perform surveillance within complex urban environments and terrain.

The Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST) collaborative continues the development of future technology in order to help bring the warfighter home safely. (Photo: BAE Systems)





Chemring Detection Systems awarded $28.5 million contract  29 January 2013

Chemring Group PLC ("Chemring") is pleased to announce that its US subsidiary, Chemring Detection Systems (“CDS”) has been awarded a $28.5 million delivery order against a multi-year IDIQ contract to supply chemical detection systems to the U.S. Army. The Edgewood Contracting Division of the U. S. Army Contracting Command-APG has ordered more than 100 Joint Services Lightweight Standoff Chemical Agent Detectors (“JSLSCAD”). The JSLSCAD remotely detects and identifies multiple chemical agent vapour clouds at ranges up to 2km depending on environmental conditions. These systems will be installed in the Stryker Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV).

Mark Papworth, Chief Executive, said, “Chemring continues to provide reliable JSLSCADs to the U.S. Army, and we are proud to support the production of this critical equipment for the Warfighter. This award is especially important in light of the current international chemical threats. The JSLSCAD offers a unique capability that provides excellent long-range, chemical agent detection for the American Soldier.”

Additionally, CDS offers a commercial variant of the JSLSCAD, the I-SCAD®, for sale to international customers. The I-SCAD® can be mounted on a ground platform vehicle or employed in a fixed site, tripod-mounted configuration for surveillance and protection of key assets or networked as part of integrated base defense.

Boeing to Begin Modifying 787s as FAA Approves Battery Improvements

EVERETT, Wash., April 19, 2013 -- Today's approval of battery system improvements for the 787 Dreamliner by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clears the way for Boeing  and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries.

Approval of the improved 787 battery system was granted by the FAA after the agency conducted an extensive review of certification tests. The tests were designed to validate that individual components of the battery, as well as its integration with the charging system and a new enclosure, all performed as expected during normal operation and under failure conditions. Testing was conducted under the supervision of the FAA over a month-long period beginning in early March.

Boeing, in collaboration with its supplier partners and in support of the investigations of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Japan Transport Safety Board, conducted extensive engineering analysis and testing to develop a thorough understanding of the factors that could have caused the 787's batteries to fail and overheat in two incidents last January. The team spent more than 100,000 hours developing test plans, building test rigs, conducting tests and analyzing the results to ensure the proposed solutions met all requirements.

Boeing also engaged a team of more than a dozen battery experts from across multiple industries, government, academia and consumer safety to review and validate the company's assumptions, findings, proposed solution and test plan. The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.

"This is a comprehensive and permanent solution with multiple layers of protection," said Conner. "The ultimate layer of protection is the new enclosure, which will ensure that even if a battery fails, there is no impact to the airplane and no possibility of fire. We have the right solution in hand, and we are ready to go.

Boeing has deployed teams to locations around the world to begin installing improved battery systems on 787s. Kits with the parts needed for the new battery systems are staged for shipment and new batteries also will be shipped immediately. Teams have been assigned to customer locations to install the new systems. Airplanes will be modified in approximately the order they were delivered.

Boeing will also begin installing the changes on new airplanes at the company's two 787 final-assembly plants, with deliveries expected to resume in the weeks ahead. Despite the disruption in deliveries that began in January, Boeing expects to complete all planned 2013 deliveries by the end of the year.

Boeing Phantom Eye Completes 2nd Flight; the liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system generates only water as a byproduct of its propulsion system.

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 26, 2013 -- Boeing's hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system completed its second flight Feb. 25, demonstrating capabilities that will allow it to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for up to four days without refueling.

During the flight, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Phantom Eye climbed above an altitude of 8,000 feet and remained aloft for 66 minutes at a cruising speed of 62 knots before landing. The aircraft exceeded what it achieved last year during its first flight when it flew at an altitude of 4,080 feet and remained aloft for 28 minutes.

"Today’s combination of geopolitical and economic issues makes Phantom Eye's capabilities, affordability and flexibility very attractive to our global customers," said Darryl Davis, Boeing Phantom Works president. "No other system holds the promise of offering on-demand, persistent ISR and communications to any region in the world, rapidly responding to natural disasters and national security issues."

Boeing is self-funding development of the environmentally responsible Phantom Eye, which generates only water as a byproduct of its propulsion system.

"This flight, in a more demanding high-altitude flight envelope, successfully demonstrated Phantom Eye's maneuverability, endurance and landing capabilities," said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager.

Following the first flight, Boeing upgraded the aircraft's software and hardware, including the landing gear. The upgrades paid off in the form of a picture-perfect landing.

The Phantom Eye demonstrator is capable of carrying a 450-pound payload while operating for up to four days at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet.


Thales Australia and Nammo announce strategicnt

Thales Australia and Nammo have signed a long-term strategic teaming agreement to cooperate in the ordnance market. The 10-year agreement expands on many years of cooperation between the two companies, and builds on a 2010 commitment to work together on ammunition for the F-35 fighter program, in particular on the Armor Piercing EXplosive (APEX) Norwegian ammunition concept. The agreement also covers Nammo’s special Reduced Ricochet Risk training round, plus Thales’s Armour Piercing Fragmenting & Incendiary (APFI) ammunition round.

Under the increased scope of the new agreement, Nammo and Thales will work together in Research & Development, technology transfer, and component supply from Nammo, and further collaborate within the market place.  Edgar Fossheim, President & CEO of Nammo Group, said: “The APEX concept is based on more than 20 years of heritage in the aircraft ammunition business with presence on nearly all fighter aircraft of NATO and in the western world. Cooperation with Thales, as an ordnance industry leader from one of the primary JSF partner nations, will promote the introduction of APEX.”


Santa Bárbara Sistemas, which is operated as part of General Dynamics European Land Systems, and Nammo have reached an agreement for the purchase of the Palencia operation.  The factory is specialized in the manufacture of various types of ammunition. As the agreement provides, Nammo will assume Palencia´s existing workforce, assets, operations and production lines. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the approval by the Spanish Ministry of Defense, which leases the Palencia site and factory to GDELS-SBS, and other regulatory approvals.

The Managing Director of GDELS-SBS, Carlos Villar, stated: “the transaction will help assure the future stability of the workforce at Palencia. The Nammo Group’s purchase of the Palencia operations and facility will also help ensure that technological capabilities remain in the hands of one of the most important companies in the sector that adds new possibilities, thereby assuring support and backing for the needs of the Spanish Ministry of Defense and their allies”.


ATK Awarded Contract to Deliver Precision Extended Range Munition Capability for U.S. Marine Corps 120mm Mortar System

Dec 13, 2012, ATK announced today that it will begin execution of a $14.3 million contract awarded to develop a solution to meet the U.S. Marine Corps' requirement for a rifled, 120mm, Precision Extended Range Mortar (PERM).  ATK's Armament Systems division will serve as the prime contractor to the Marine Corps for the 24-month PERM development program that will demonstrate a precision mortar cartridge capable of reliably providing accuracy within 20 meters circular error probable and can then be quickly transitioned to production and ultimately fielding. The PERM initiative is integral to the Marine Corps Ship-to-Objective-Maneuver (STOM) contingency operations that call for precision, long-range (16 - 20km) mortars fired from the Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS) towed-mortar platform in support of Marine infantry units.

The ATK / GD-OTS PERM technical solution combines ATK's patented and operationally-proven precision guidance fuze technology with the GD-OTS extended-range rifled mortar energetic subsystems developed during the PERM Technical Demonstration program to Add Precision to the Marine Corps' Mature EFSS Capabilities. ATK guidance fuze technology is currently being used by the U.S. Army to meet precision guidance requirements for 155mm artillery projectiles (XM1156) and 120mm mortar cartridges (XM395).

The EFSS is a light, mobile and vertically transportable indirect fire support system designed for missions requiring tactical versatility, speed and close-in fire support. The EFSS is designed to be internally transportable in the MV-22B Osprey and the CH-53 helicopter and has been in fielded with the Marine Corps since 2009.


ATK Secures .40 Caliber Ammunition Contract with Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dec 12, 2012  ATK announced that it is being awarded a contract from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for .40 caliber ammunition. This contract to provide duty and training ammunition and has a maximum value of $75 million over the life of the 5 year contract.

Speer's Gold Dot Duty ammunition is known for excellent weight retention, reliable feeding and exceptional terminal performance. Speer also offers standard training ammunition and a reduced hazard option (RHT). The Speer RHT round features a frangible projectile that dissipates on contact and is ideal for training indoors and in close quarters.

ATK will produce the ammunition at the Speer facility in Lewiston, Idaho. Deliveries are expected to begin this month.


ATK Awarded Production Contract for the U.S. Navy's Multi-Option Fuze for USN 5-inch gun ammunition

Dec 6, 2012,  ATK announced that it received a five-year contract for the production of the MK 437 Multi-Option Fuze, Navy (MOFN). The contract has a maximum total value of $84.1 million. Production of this fuze will occur at the U.S. Navy-owned, ATK-operated Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL) facility in Rocket Center, W. Va. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2013.

The MOFN increases the overall mission capability of 5-inch gun ammunition used on U.S. Navy ships by providing proximity, precision time, delay and point detonating impact functions in a single fuze. The inductive fuze setting feature also optimizes MOFN for use with automated ammunition handling equipment. MOFN will be used on projectiles fired in the MK 45 Single Lightweight Gun Mount on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers.

"MOFN leverages ATK's design, development and production experience, providing the U.S. Navy with an affordable, reliable fuze for its 5/54 caliber ammunition," said Dave Fine, ATK's Director of Fuzing and Warhead programs.


BAE Systems Receives $80 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Two Advanced Gun Systems for the latest in the Zumwalt class destroyer fleet, the DDG 1002.

28 November 2012, This contract award marks the third destroyer to receive AGS applications and brings the total funding of the initial contract for this ship, first awarded in October 2011, to $149 million.  

Advanced Gun System (AGS)The AGS is a 155mm, vertically loaded gun mount that is capable of storing, programming and firing the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP). It is a fully automated weapon system that can fire 10 rounds per minute with ranges greater than 60 nautical miles.  The AGS rounds are drawn from a fully-automated, below-deck weapon handling and storage system holding up to 300 rounds. By eliminating the need for personnel in the magazine, the AGS design supports the U.S. Navy's goals to significantly reduce overall crew requirements and increase crew safety.

To date, BAE Systems has designed, built and integrated four AGS for the first two DDG 1000 destroyers in the Zumwalt class fleet. Work under this contract will be performed at BAE Systems’ Louisville, Kentucky and Cordova, Alabama facilities, and is expected to be completed by January 2018. Surfaces develops Demand-Driven Hydrogen Fuel Production System

50kW High Energy Laser Successfully Demonstrated by Rheinmetall in Switzerland

The two separated lasers, a 30kW and 20kW emitters employed Beam Superimposing Technology to deliver the combined 50kW effect to defeat the targets.According to Rheinmetall, the same technique can be used to ramp up power to 100kW level.December 18, 2012,  Rheinmetall has successfully tested a new 50kW high-energy weapon technology demonstrator.  The test was conducted at the end of November 2012, at the company’s Ochsenboden Proving Ground (EZO) in Switzerland. The test comprised three types of targets representing hardened targets, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and ballistic threats.  A steel ball representing a mortar round target, travelling at approximately 50 m/sec was also intercepted.

The 30kw Laser Weapon used for the HEL C-RAM Demonstration. Photo: RheinmetallThe test witnessed by independent experts was designed to demonstrate the increase in efficiency of the 50kW HEL weapon, compared with the 10kW version demonstrated last year. The five-fold increase in laser power was demonstrated how such high-energy weapon can effectively perform Air Defense (AD), Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM), and Asymmetric Warfare operations.

The tests proved how multiple HEL weapon stations can irradiate a single target in a superimposed, cumulative manner. This modular technology approach makes it possible to maintain the very good beam quality of the individual laser modules, while increasing overall performance several times over. Thus, from the technical standpoint, nothing stands in the way of a future HEL weapon system with a 100kW output – considered the optimal power level for C-RAM weapon.

For this test Rheinmetall used its using HEL emitters employing the company’s Beam Superimposing Technology (BST). The 50kW HEL weapon technology demonstrator consisted of two functional models. One system comprised a 30kW weapon station integrated into an Oerlikon Revolver Gun air defense turret for static and dynamic tests, coupled with an Oerlikon Skyguard fire control unit. The second system used a 20kW weapon station integrated into a Revolver Gun turret.   In the first test the 50kW laser was fired from a distance of 1,000 meters, cutting through a 15mm-thick steel girder.

In the second test series the system engaged drones simulating UAVs. The Skyguard radar detected the incoming UAV at a distance of three kilometers. This data was handed over to the 30kW weapon, providing rough tracking using mechanical slew. At this stage, the optical tracking system in the Beam Forming Units (BFU’s) in each of the individual leaser weapon modules performed fine tracking of the nose-diving UAVs. After reaching the programmed fire sector the laser weapon modules engaged the UAV’ and destroyed them within a few seconds, at a range of two kilometers.

The third test simulated the detection, pursuit and successful engagement of an extremely small ballistic target addressing potential Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) application. A steel ball measuring 82 mm in diameter and travelling at approximately 50 m/sec replicated a mortar round type target. The Skyguard fire control unit detected the target, followed by mechanical tracking with the 30kW laser weapon station. At this point, the BFU of the laser weapon module took over, optically tracking the target, which was then engaged and destroyed in flight.

According to the test data, Rheinmetall experts claim that by using BST, the time necessary for engaging mortar rounds at long ranges can be substantially reduced. Today, the required engagement time is already low enough to be in the region needed for C-RAM applications – even when adverse weather conditions make targets difficult to detect.

Compared to last year, Rheinmetall has significantly increased the power density (kW/m3) of the technology demonstrator, enabling it produce twice the laser output within the same volume.  To further enhance this capability Rheinmetall plans to introduce a 60kW technology demonstrator in 2013, providing even greater laser output. Besides laser weapon stations, the plan calls for integrating 35mm Ahead Revolver Guns into the system adding close-in defense, thus establishing ‘multi-layer C-RAM’ system. This will enable Rheinmetall engineers to identify and study possible synergies between laser weapons and automatic cannon. Lower-power applications are also studied, as part of a mobile HEL weapon. This concept was successfully implemented with 1kW functional model mounted on a special TM170 vehicle. Next year the company plans to experiment with such systems on other platforms, exploring the operational parameters for integrating an HEL weapon on vehicles operating in an open battlefield.

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates New Ground-Based Laser System in Tests Against Rockets and Unmanned Aerial System

Nov. 27, 2012 – Lockheed Martin today announced that it has successfully demonstrated a portable, ground-based military laser system in a series of tests against representative airborne targets. Lockheed Martin developed the Area Defense Anti-Munitions (ADAM) system to provide a defense against short-range threats, such as rockets and unmanned aerial systems. Since August, the ADAM system has successfully engaged an unmanned aerial system target in flight at a range of approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) and has destroyed four small-caliber rocket targets in simulated flight at a range of approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles).

ADAM-CUAS-2F-200Designed for short-range defense of high-value areas including forward operating bases, the ADAM system’s 10-kilowatt fiber laser is engineered to destroy targets up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away. The system precisely tracks targets in cluttered optical environments and has a tracking range of more than 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). The system has been designed to be flexible enough to operate against rockets as a standalone system and to engage unmanned aerial systems with an external radar cue. The ADAM system’s modular architecture combines commercial hardware components with the company’s proprietary software in an integrated and easy-to-operate system.

 “In developing the ADAM system, we combined our proven laser beam control architecture with commercial hardware to create a capable, integrated laser weapon system,” said Paul Shattuck, Lockheed Martin’s director of directed energy systems for Strategic and Missile Defense Systems.

Sensor image shows engagement by the ADAM system of an unmanned aerial system target.


Future Fires to Focus on Precision, Clean Weapons 

December 7, 2012, In recent years the role of armaments and weapons in military exhibitions is diminishing, reflecting the diminishing role of kinetic effects and the complex public perception as to their role in modern asymmetric warfare. Hence, the armaments and munitions presented at AUSA and the Modern Day Marine Expo emphasized focused precision effect and low collateral damage as outstanding qualities. This reflected the concern of manufacturers and users alike to those issues.

IMI 454 Super HE artillery roundExamples included weapons offering ‘man in the loop’ control, and ‘clean’ artillery projectiles or aerial munitions providing effective area saturation effect without the hazardous duds (unexploded ordnance – UOX), complying with the limitations derived from the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).

Two manufacturers are offering new versions of munitions designed to cover a wide area but leave no UXO after the attack. At AUSA 2012 IMI unveiled a new M-454 Super-High Explosive (S-HE) round, a 155mm artillery projectile fitted with two fuses. According to IMI, the M454 is more efficient than standard HE rounds, requiring less ammunition to complete each mission, thus reducing logistics footprint. The new round is compatible with all NATO 39, 45 and 52 Caliber Guns. Textron Systems is offering a new area attack weapon system that is highly effective against soft targets including light vehicles, enemy combatants and air defense sites. Textron Systems is also using the AP-BLU as a unitary warhead for the Guided Clean Area Weapon (CLAW), designed to engage soft targets in open area, attacked form an unmanned aerial vehicle. IMI 454 Super HE artillery round. Photos: Tamir Eshel, Defense Update

Boeing is developing a laser-guided version of the Small Diameter Bomb for use with SOCOM AC-130J gunships.Armies using the MLRS or HIMARS systems could find the new Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GL-SDB) an interesting prospect to modernize combat capabilities in compliance with the CCM. Boeing, the producer of SDB is planning to strap its bombs on existing M29 rockets emptied from their DPICM bomblets. Using the rocket motor to accelerate the bomb into a trajectory bringing it to an altitude and speed from where it can deploy its wings and glide to hit the designated as it would do when launched from an aircraft.  Boeing is developing a laser-guided version of the Small Diameter Bomb for use with SOCOM AC-130J gunships. Photo: Boeing

To enhance precision, while maintaining low cost, Boeing is developing the ‘Laser SDB’, utilizing the Laser JDAM guidance kits. ‘With the laser SDB pilots can now prosecute moving, relocateable and maritime targets travelling at highway speeds’ Boeing officials said. The first application of Laser SDB will be with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) as the US Air Force plans to equip the new AC-130W ‘Stinger II’ gunships with this capability.

Boeing is also promoting new ideas about future weapons supporting expeditionary naval and ground forces. Among these conceptual designs is the Joint Air-Breathing Multi-role Missile (JABMM), extending the strike range of ground-launched weapons well beyond the range of rocket-propelled weapons. Such weapons could be deployed on surface combatants such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) or carried on tactical vehicles supporting expeditionary ground forces, airborne or Marine Corps. Concept drawing: Boeing

Joint Air Breathing Multi-role Missile is proposed by Boeing as a future stand-off attack weapon supporting expeditionary forces Supporting future amphibious assault, the Marine Corps will have to rely on precision artillery fire delivered from the sea, by the Navy warships. However, today’s destroyers are armed with 5“ (127mm) guns that are not designed to provide precision fires. Such capability will be fielded with the Zumwalt class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers currently under construction, that will be equipped with 155mm Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing specially developed Long Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP). See prior highlight on BAE Systems contract award for AGS.

While the AGS and LRLAP offer great future capabilities, the Navy plans to have only three such vessels. Hence the need to upgrade the current Mk45 Mod 4 5” gun system operational on DDG 51 guided missile destroyers and CG-47 guided missile cruisers. BAE Systems is developing such capability under the 5” Standard Guided Projectile (SGP) program. A sabot version of the 5” SGP projectile will also be compatible with the 155mm howitzers, enabling Marine and Army Artillery Corps to engage targets with high precision.

The Blitzer Electromagnetic Railgun was developed by General Atomics for testing by the US Navy. futuristic weapon that has already passed the concept definition is the electromagnetic rail gun. A prototype developed by General Atomics Electromagnetics system (GA-EMS) group for the Office of naval Research has successfully performed initial firings at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren, VA. And at the Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The gun is designed to deliver significantly higher muzzle energies that ever demonstrated in a tactical relevant configuration. The full scale ‘Blitzer’ EM Rail Gun System is currently undergoing a series of full energy tests and evaluation by the navy.






Navy Awards Boeing $23 Million for Laser JDAM

September 7, 2012 The US Navy recently awarded Boeing $23 million on the first full-rate production contract for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. Under the modified contract, Boeing will deliver 2,384 precision laser guided sets by February 2014. Previous contracts awarded by the Navy were three Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) order amounting about 2,500 kits. The sets will be available for field weapons assembly, expanding the capability of basic JDAM tail kits, by providing a dual-mode, Global Positioning System aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) and laser guided weapon.

When employed, these weapons have proven highly accurate and can be delivered in any flyable weather. JDAM can be launched from more than 15 miles from the target with updates from GPS satellites to help guide the weapon to the target. Laser JDAM has been integrated with the GBU-38. Follow-on integration with the GBU-31 and GBU-32 is planned. The U.S. Navy’s first Laser JDAMs were delivered in October 2008. In March 2010, the Navy selected Laser JDAM to satisfy its Direct Attack Moving Target Capability (DAMTC) requirement.

Laser JDAM destroys a target during testing at the China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif. Photo: NAWCWD


General Dynamics Awarded $4.6 Billion for Submarine Programs

January 4, 2013 General Dynamics Electric Boat was recently awarded three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $4.6 billion to design and develop the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine, and to continue construction and purchasing of materials for Virginia-class attack submarines.

Under a five-year, $1.85 billion Ohio Replacement Program contract, Electric Boat will perform research and development work for this new class of ballistic-missile submarine, which is scheduled for a 2021 construction start. Additionally, Electric Boat will continue development of the joint U.S. Navy / Royal Navy Common Missile Compartment for Ohio Replacement submarines and the UK Successor-class ballistic-missile submarine. The potential value of this contract is $1.995 billion.

Electric Boat also received a $2.5 billion award to build two Virginia-class submarines – South Dakota (SSN-790) and Delaware (SSN-791) – the 17th and 18th ships of the class. Construction of Virginia-class submarines is shared between Electric Boat, the prime contractor, and its teammate, Newport News Shipbuilding.  Under the third award, Electric Boat will receive $308 million to purchase long lead-time materials for the as-yet unnamed Virginia-class submarines SSN-792, SSN-793 and SSN-794.

Qatar Requests Sale of HIMARS, ATACMS and GMLRS

December 24, 2012 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for rocket and missile systems and associated requests for an estimated cost of $406 million.

The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 7 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Launchers with the Universal Fire Control System (UFCS); 60 M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block 1A T2K Unitary Rockets; 360 M31A1 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary Rockets as well as Practice Rockets, Trainers, Field Artillery Tactical Data System and Vehicles. The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas.

Israel Requests 6,900 GBU-31, GBU-38 and GBU-39 Smart Bombs

December 10, 2012 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits and associated requests for an estimated cost of $647 million.

The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of the JDAM tail kits (GBU-31) for MK-84 warheads and BLU-109 warheads and (GBU-38) for MK-82 warheads); as well as 3,450 MK-84 2000 lb General Purpose Bombs; 1,725 MK-82 500 lb General Purpose Bombs; 1,725 BLU-109 Bombs; 3,450 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs; 11,500 FMU-139 Fuses; 11,500 FMU-143 Fuses; and 11,500 FMU-152 Fuses. Also included are parts, equipment, training, documentation, and other related elements of support.

Turkey Requests 117 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles

December 24, 2012 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Turkey for SIDEWINDER missiles and associated requests for an estimated cost of $140 million.

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of 117 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up- Round Missiles, 6 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, 6 Dummy Air Training Missiles, 130 LAU- 129 Launchers, containers, missile support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support. The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Company in Tucson, Arizona.

Raytheon awarded $254.6 million for Tomahawk Block IV missile

Dec. 21, 2012 The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company  a $254.6 million contract to procure Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2013. The contract calls for Raytheon to build and deliver Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles, conduct flight tests and provide life-cycle support. Production and delivery of the missiles is scheduled to begin in 2013.

A major enhancement to the Tomahawk Block IV missile includes a two-way satellite data-link that enables a strike controller to redirect the missile in-flight to preprogrammed alternate targets or more critical targets.

"This missile provides unparalleled capability and has greatly contributed to the security of our country and our allies," said Harry Schulte, vice president of Air Warfare Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems.

Raytheon awarded $108 million for SM-2 production

Dec. 17, 2012  The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon Company a $108 million contract for continued production of Standard Missile-2 all-up rounds, a majority of which will be sold to U.S. allies through foreign military sales. This award brings the total fiscal year 2011 contract value to more than $200 million.

"The U.S. Navy has committed to supporting SM-2 past 2035, and this contract award reflects our international partners' desire to maintain this key defensive asset in their inventories," said Michael Campisi, Raytheon Missile Systems' senior director for SM-2 and SM-6 production. "The SM-2 production line is open for all our allies' requirements, and there will be full mission support available throughout the lifecycle of this critical asset."

SM-2 is deployed by the U.S. and eight allied navies. The missile provides high- and low-altitude intercept capabilities and performance against advanced anti-ship missile threats.

ATK Awarded Contract for Modular Divert and Attitude Control System (MDACS) Technology Development and Risk Reduction

Dec 3, 2012,  ATK has been awarded a $52.7 million contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to continue development of Modular Divert and Attitude Control System (MDACS) technologies applicable to the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIB missile interceptors. The technology contract will be executed by ATK Defense Group's Elkton, Maryland operation.

The MDACS propulsion system provides the impulse needed for the kinetic warhead to acquire and lock onto the target, maintain stable flight and perform end-game maneuvers for final intercept. Specific technologies to be advanced will include elements of the new MDACS system architecture to address the longer mission timelines associated with growing threats. ATK's unique approach to a ship-board compatible MDACS improves the SM-3 Block II kinematic performance, providing a key performance upgrade to the missile.

Lockheed Martin Receives JASSM Contract for Integration

Dec 2012   Lockheed Martin  received a $5.1 million Foreign Military Sale contract from the U.S. Air Force to support integration of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) onto the Finnish Air Force (FiAF) F-18C/D aircraft.

The contract is for the first phase of a six-year effort of software development and aircraft integration support. Finland is the second international customer for JASSM, following the Commonwealth of Australia, which became the first export customer in February 2006.

JASSM integration will coincide with the FiAF Mid-Life Two upgrade of their F-18 aircraft. The U.S. Navy will lead the integration effort in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and the FiAF. Integration activities will take place at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif.

The award aligns with the recent JASSM Production Lot 10 procurement contract to employ economies of scale, reducing cost for both the U.S. Government and Finland. JASSM on the
F-18C/D enables Finland to fulfill its regional defense role, as well as its European community and NATO Partnership for Peace responsibilities.

JASSM is an autonomous, air-to-ground, precision-guided standoff missile designed to meet the needs of U.S. and allied warfighters. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, JASSM cruises autonomously, day or night in all weather conditions. The missile employs an infrared seeker and enhanced digital anti-jam Global Positioning System to find specific points on targets.


06/12/2012 The Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has been successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Future Enhancements Flight Test Programme. This current package of work begins the full integration of the Meteor missile with all Eurofighter Typhoon systems.

The missile was eject launched from a rear fuselage missile station, which on Eurofighter Typhoon is semi-conformal for aircraft drag and radar signature reduction. The missile motor was fired, providing data that will allow the missile launch envelope to be expanded. The flight trials were conducted with integrated support from QinetiQ and MBDA at a firing range in Aberporth, Wales, UK.

Meteor, a beyond visual range air-to-air missile manufactured by MBDA will provide the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft with the next generation of cutting edge weapons capability. Featuring advanced air breathing motor technology for maximum range and the latest electronics to deliver optimum combat performance, it will further complement the Eurofighter Typhoon short and medium range air-to-air missile capabilities.  The integration of the Meteor weapon adds another layer to Eurofighter Typhoon’s swing-role capabilities and ensuring the pilot is able to engage hostile air threats at long range at the same time as identifying and engaging targets on the ground.

UK MoD Orders Additional Paveway IV Precision-Guided Bombs 4, 2012 Raytheon UK has won a £25 million contract from the UK MOD for further Paveway™ IV precision-guided bombs. This latest contract will adhere to the accelerated delivery timeframe of two previous orders, placed over the last year, totaling nearly £80 million.

Bob Delorge, chief executive Raytheon UK, commented: "The Paveway IV is well recognized as being the RAF's precision-guided bomb of choice, with accuracy, flexibility, and reliability being some of the key characteristics of the system. The Paveway IV weapon system has proved itself pivotal to operations in Afghanistan and also in Libya.”

Raytheon awarded $422 million contract for Paveway™ II

Nov. 28, 2012 Raytheon Company was awarded a $422 million contract for its combat-proven Paveway II family of precision-guided munitions. The company was awarded the direct commercial sale from an international customer. Paveway is a Raytheon-designed kit that transforms "dumb" bombs into precision-guided munitions.

"Paveway has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by providing the warfighter unparalleled accuracy and standoff capability, proving itself in every major conflict in which it has been used," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "This contract further demonstrates Raytheon's long-standing commitment to its international customers."

Raytheon continues to evolve Paveway to meet the needs of the U.S. armed forces as well as allied nations. Newer versions of Paveway include Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System guidance capabilities, which combine the precision and flexibility of traditional laser-guided weapons with the all-weather capability of GPS guidance.

Cassidian Develops Electro-optic Protection System against Laser-guided Weapons

December 19, 2012 Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed an electronic defence system which, for the first time, will provide vehicles, ships and helicopters with reliable protection against laser-guided weapons.

“The threat from lasers to armed forces on a mission is continuing to increase, because weapons such as laser-guided missiles or sniper rifles with laser targeting optics are widespread,” explains Elmar Compans, head of the Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit at Cassidian. “Through the combination of our many years of experience with laser warning sensors and the most varied defence lasers, as well as the use of commercially available components, we have succeeded in developing a uniquely effective, targeted countermeasure.”

The defence concept, which Cassidian has developed for the German procurement authority, is based on the so-called “dazzling” process, which means dazzling the targeting optics of the enemy missile with an eye-safe laser beam. The most common countermeasure currently is to spray artificial fog.  Cassidian’s defence system uses special multispectral technology which is also effective against protective goggles. The use of an eye-safe laser is important to be able to use the system even in a civil environment, e.g. on board ships or helicopters in harbours or airports. This means that the dazzling is not associated with eye damage. Working together with the Luftwaffe Institute of Aviation Medicine, Cassidian has carried out a medicinal study and shown that the dazzle effect falls below the radiant flux density which is permissible for eyes. For protection to be effective, a threat must be quickly and precisely detected by a sensor with a very high directional resolution, which enables the precise targeting of the laser beam. Cassidian’s defence system has demonstrated its effectiveness during successful field tests at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre 81 in Greding. Further tests are to follow next year.

Boeing to Upgrade B61 Nuclear Free Fall Bomb

Nov. 27, 2012 -- Boeing will help to modernize the B61 free-fall ballistic munition by designing a new tail kit under a $178 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. The design, development and qualification phase of the B61 (Mod 12) Life Extension Program is expected to run for three years. The program further expands Boeing's Direct Attack weapons portfolio.   The B61 is a U.S. nuclear weapon that was designed in the early 1960s and went into full production in 1968. Per the contract, Boeing will work with the departments of Defense and Energy on this program to replace obsolete parts and improve its reliability.

"Boeing has provided a wide range of reliable and affordable direct attack weapon solutions to the warfighter for more than a decade," said Debbie Rub, Boeing vice president and general manager for Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems. "We will apply our proven experience in tail kit production to this platform to effectively upgrade a vital deterrent capability."

Swedish Navy Orders Upgraded Torpedo 62 Heavyweight from Saab

December 14, 2012   Defence and security company Saab have received two new contracts from the Swedish Defence Material Administration with a total value of MSEK 194.  The contracts comprise upgrade of the heavyweight Torpedo 62 and support for underwater weapon systems.

The Torpedo 62 is an advanced heavy weight torpedo for combating surface targets. The Torpedo 62 is equipped with an advanced propulsion system capable of high speed and long endurance together with a state of the art homing system. The upgrade of Torpedo 62 comprises of new and improved functions for communication and warhead initiation, providing an important capability enhancement for the system.

Saab has receives  order for the Surface-to-Surface Missile RBS15 Mk3

December 14, 2012  Defence and security company Saab has received an order from its German partner DBD for the Surface-to-Surface Missile RBS15 Mk3. The order value is SEK 615 million. Deliveries will take place during the period 2014 to 2016.

The RBS15 Mk3, jointly produced and marketed by Saab and DBD, is a heavy weight Surface-to-Surface Missile system with a range of more than 200 km and the added capability to combat land targets. The system has previously been sold to Germany, Poland and Sweden.

US Navy's X-47B Unmanned Aircraft Conducts First Catapult Launch

November 30, 2012  The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator successfully completed its inaugural land-based catapult launch here Nov. 29, marking the start of a new era for naval aviation.  "Carrier-based unmanned aircraft will change the concept of operations for the carrier-controlled airspace," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the program executive officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons. "The N-UCAS program's goal is to demonstrate integration of an unmanned aircraft into a carrier environment and reduce technical risk associated with developing potential future unmanned, carrier-compatible systems." Video of the launch:

"The X-47B shore-based catapult launch we witnessed here today will leave a mark in history," said Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAVAIR commander. "We are working toward the future integration of unmanned aircraft on the carrier deck, something we didn't envision 60 years ago when the steam catapult was first built here."

The combined Navy and Northrop Grumman team will continue ground-based catapult verification and final flight software validation at Pax River before embarking on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) later this month for its initial sea trials

Fire Scout frigate integration continues; to begin live-fire assessment

11 December 2012 Janes Review reported the US Navy (USN) intends to conduct a live-fire assessment of an MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicle (UAV) armed with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in March 2013. The assessment is part of an urgent operational request to arm the MQ-8B with six APKWS

China Unveils Yi Long UAV

China Unveils Yi Long UAV November 14 - China has unveiled for the first time its Yi Long unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) local media reported on Wednesday, which its makers claim is far cheaper than its Israeli and American analogs at less than $1 million.  The UAV, which was unveiled at the Air China aerospace show in Zhuhai on Tuesday, has been under development by the Chengdu aircraft-building institute since 2005, and made a first test-flight in 2008, and has only been previously shown in model form.


Yi Long can be used for military or civil tasks, the makers say, including geophysical or post-disaster survey work. The aircraft has a length of 9.34 meters, a wingspan of 14 meters and a mass of just over a ton. It has a ceiling of 5,300 meters and a range of 4,000 kilometers, with an endurance of up to 20 hours.

Pictures shown on Sky News show it has having a similar configuration to the US-made MQ-9 Reaper, with a pusher engine, V-tail, long-span straight wing, and fuselage shape configured for low radar cross-section. It was also shown armed with under-wing missiles, and an electro-optical sensor turret under the forward fuselage. photo © AFP/ Philippe Lopez

General Dynamics and Rafeal Team to Produce Remote Weapon Stations

November 29, 2012  General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, and RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., are offering the Samson line of Remote Weapons Stations (RWS) to the U.S. military. These cost-effective and field-proven remote weapons stations allow a gunner to remain protected inside the vehicle while operating a weapon remotely. The larger variant is lighter than manned turrets and does not require penetration into the vehicle hull, saving significant interior space for personnel and mission equipment.

Four Samson variants will be offered, including the combat-proven MKI which is fielded in Afghanistan on Czech Army Pandurs. Samson configurations are also currently in service with the Israeli Defense Forces and other allied armed services. The RWS variants support a variety of weapons including 5.56mm to .50 caliber machine guns, 40mm grenade launchers and cannons up to 40mm, and can be integrated onto new or existing light to heavy combat vehicles. The Samson RWS product line will be produced and supported in the US.

LS3 Four-legged Robot Plays ‘Follow The Leader’

 Legged Squad Support System (LS3). Photo: DARPALast December, in the woods of central Virginia around Fort Pickett, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) four-legged robot has been showing off its capabilities during field testing. Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including “Leader Follow” decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

The LS3 program seeks to demonstrate that a highly mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot can carry 400 lbs of a squad’s equipment, follow squad members through rugged terrain and interact with troops in a natural way similar to a trained animal with its handler. The robot could also be able to maneuver at night and serve as a mobile auxiliary power source to the squad while on patrol.

“This was the first time DARPA and MCWL were able to get LS3 out on the testing grounds together to simulate military-relevant training conditions,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Hitt, DARPA program manager. “The robot’s performance in the field expanded on our expectations, demonstrating, for example, how voice commands and “follow the leader” capability would enhance the robot’s ability to interact with warfighters.”

Video from the testing shows the robot negotiating diverse terrain including ditches, streams, wooded slopes and simulated urban environments.

The December testing at Fort Pickett is the first in a series of planned demonstrations that will test the robot’s capabilities across different environments as development continues through the first half of 2014. The DARPA platform developer for the LS3 system is Boston Dynamics of Waltham, Mass. 


Deployments to Turkey, as reported by Janes News,  07 December 2012

Netherlands to deploy two Patriot batteries to Turkey
The Netherlands has agreed to deploy two Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries to Turkey from its ground-based Air Defence Command, to defend the NATO ally against potential Syrian missile attacks, it was announced on 7 December. According to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD), "a maximum of 360 personnel" will be deployed to the country beginning in January, reportedly for a year

Germany approves Turkey Patriot SAM deployment
The German cabinet has approved support for NATO's integrated air defence in Turkey, with Germany set to deploy two Raytheon Patriot Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) batteries and up to 400 personnel, the German Ministry of Defence stated on 6 December. A Luftwaffe spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 7 December that each battery will consist of six launch units, compared with a standard peace complement of eight launch units

Submerged Severodvinsk Sub Test Fires Cruise Missile

November 28 Russia's newest attack submarine, the Yasen class Severodvinsk, successfully fired a cruise missile while submerged, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.  The test launch was the second during the current manufacturer's sea trials in the White Sea. On Monday, the sub fired a cruise missile from a surfaced position.

Severodvinsk submarine"The multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk fired a supersonic cruise missile at a land target while submerged during sea trials in the White Sea. The target was successfully destroyed," the source said.  

The Severodvinsk, laid down in 1993, is one of eight Yasen class boats ordered by the Russian Navy. The second sub of the series, the Kazan, is being built under the updated Project 885M Yasen-M.  The Severodvinsk has a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons, length of 119 meters, speed of 31 knots, and can dive to 600 meters. It has a crew of 90 including 32 officers.  Its main armament consists of 3M55 Oniks (SS-N-26) and 3M54 (SS-N-27) Kalibr cruise missiles, self-guided torpedoes and mines. © Photo Oleg Kuleshov


Russia to Develop Precision Conventional ICBM Option

December 14- Russia may develop a non-nuclear precision-guided payload capability for its new hundred-ton class liquid-fueled ICBM if need be, Strategic Missile Forces (RSVN) Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said on Friday.  "The availability of a powerful liquid-fueled ICBM allows us the capability of creating a strategic high-accuracy weapons system with a conventional payload with practically global range, if the US does not pull back from its program for creating such missile systems," he said.

The new liquid-fuel ICBM will be able to penetrate any missile defense system likely to emerge in the near future, he said.  "The higher energy provided by liquid fuels gives it more varied and effective methods of countermeasures against global missile defense screens including space-based elements of those systems," he said.

Analysts say arming ICBMs with conventional warheads for long-range attack might produce problems as well as solutions.  "A conventionally-armed ICBM was one option considered as part of Washington’s Prompt Global Strike studies," said Douglas Barrie, air warfare analyst at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies. "The advantages of reach and speed are self-apparent, however, the issue of differentiating between a nuclear and a conventional warhead once the system was launched but prior to impact raises a concern of how those targeted might respond," he added.

Russia is also developing a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to replace all its current "fifth-generation" long-range missile systems including the Yars and Topol M, Karakayev said.  The RSVN has carried out a small number of test-firings of a prototype of the new missile, the last of which was carried out from the Kapustin Yar range on October 24 from a mobile launcher.  "This missile was built with maximal use of technologies developed in the course of producing fifth-generation systems in order to get it into service more quickly and reduce costs," he said.

It is the first formal announcement from the RSVN command that the fifth-generation solid-fueled ICBM would be deployed; but previously unnamed sources had said it would be deployed by 2014.

Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM

Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBMDecember 26 – Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.  Work has already begun on the prototypes, which will utilize exclusively domestically-made components, the official told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.  © Photo Courtesy of SMF (RVSN) press service

The Soviet military deployed its first missile train in 1987, and had 12 of them by 1991. But by 2005 they had all been destroyed under the START II arms reduction treaty with the United States.  However, the treaty’s 2010 replacement, New START, does not prohibit the development of railway-based ICBMs.

The original railway-based system involved SS-24 Scalpel missiles that weighed 104 tons, required three locomotives to move, and were so heavy that they damaged railroad tracks. It was thought that missiles launched from the moving trains were harder to track than stationary launches. The new missiles will be half the weight of their decommissioned Soviet analogues, allowing them to fit into one railcar, the official added. 

The return to missile trains is an apparent response to US plans to position elements of its missile defense system in Eastern Europe, said Alexander Konovalov, the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessment, a Moscow-based private think-tank. However, the prominent Russian military expert Konovalov said that this apparent return to the cumbersome Soviet technology, even in revamped form, was a “bad idea.”

New 'smart' laser device can detect explosives in a jiffy

Dec 11, 2012 Scientists have developed a new faster and sensitive laser device capable of detecting tiny traces of explosive vapor in a jiffy. Is this the end of bomb sniffer dogs!  The prototype - a pulsed, quantum laser-based, cavity ring-down spectrometer - is being tested at the US government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The laser machine developed by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is "about 100 times more sensitive and 100 times faster than any other detection device", Associate Professor Charles Harb said.  "We can measure the components of TNT very clearly, down to the tiny sub-millitorr pressures, in other words in the parts per billion range in atmosphere," Harb said.

The laser device could sniff bags travelling along a conveyor belt and instantly alert security personnel if it detects explosive vapours from a passing object, such as a suitcase.  It could replace intrusive airport security checks such as pat downs and full body scans and bomb sniffer dogs, UNSW said in a statement. According to Harb, the device uses mirrors to repeatedly pass through the vapour in a "figure-of-eight" path, which provides a more accurate measurement.  Harb expected that it would take two years of testing and calibrating the prototype - to detect "unique signatures of other substances and different types of explosives" - before it's ready for commercial use.

Harb and his team began working on the device in 2005 when they were asked by the Australian Federal Police to create a machine that could assist with forensic investigations and detect explosive residue at crime scenes.