Raytheon wins a $14mn contract to develop USAF's next-gen tactical missiles

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Raytheon wins a $14mn contract to develop USAF's next-gen tactical missiles
The US Air Force has awarded a $14mn contract to Raytheon Company to research boosting the effectiveness of air-fired missiles and increasing the number of missiles carried on a single combat sortie, the US Department of Defense announced yesterday, Jan. 20, 2016.
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Under this contrat, Raytheon will work to increase the number of missiles carried on a single sortie, increase the effectiveness of each missile, and enhance the platform survivability against all threats in an anti-access, area denial (A2AD) environment. Two research concepts to fulfill these needs are the Small Advanced Capability Missile (SACM) and Miniature Self-Defense Munition (MSDM). The SACM will support affordable, highly lethal, small size and weight ordnance with advanced air frame design and synergistic control capabilities for air dominance enabling high air-to-air load-out.

The MSDM will support miniaturized weapon capabilities for air superiority by enabling close-in platform self-defense and penetration into contested A2AD environment with little to no impact to payload capacity. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by Jan. 19, 2021.

The US Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.


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