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AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« on: October 20, 2016, 11:02:59 pm »
Research funding to grow Air Force cruise missile portfolio slated for 2017

October 20, 2016

The Air Force Research Laboratory will soon release its request for proposals for designs of a new "Gray Wolf" subsonic cruise missile, with at least one research and development contract expected to be awarded in late fiscal year 2017. Gray Wolf, a classified science and technology demonstration program managed by the AFRL Munitions Directorate, will offer prototypes of an affordable, networked, standoff cruise missile to be used against enemy integrated air defense systems. The end products are meant to broaden the service's portfolio of weapons that can be deployed in highly contested environments.

"The operational concept is to employ Gray Wolf in concert with current inventory weapon systems to enhance overall mission effectiveness," service spokeswoman Sharon Branick wrote in an Oct. 14 email.

Air Force officials want to determine whether the missile can be effectively used in networked, collaborative formations, and to define the tactics, techniques and procedures needed to do so. The spokeswoman did not specify how the service wants the Gray Wolf to differ from other subsonic cruise missiles already in use, like Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, but noted that the Air Force is looking for ways to cut costs.

"Can the Gray Wolf missile be produced at very low unit costs and what are the associated design and manufacturing activities required to do so?" Branick asked. "For example, are there innovative manufacturing concepts that would support low costs when built at low-rate quantities and without long-lead time lines? What capabilities would need to be traded off in order to maintain the low unit
costs?"

Around 140 representatives from prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and the government attended industry days held at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, in August and September to familiarize industry with the development effort, Branick wrote. Attendees were briefed on "open architectures, low-cost manufacturing, networked collaboration, low-cost sub-systems and test certification processes" and "ongoing technology efforts that could be applied to the Gray Wolf program."

Lockheed Martin intends to respond to the broad agency announcement, company spokesperson Melissa Hilliard said. A request for proposals is expected out in November or December, according to a Sept. 21 notice of contract action on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The service may award one or more prime contracts to companies that propose their own Gray Wolf design in late FY-17 for the first spiral effort, followed by subsequent 18-month spirals through FY-22. Contractors will be responsible for designing, developing, manufacturing and testing their prototypes. Branick did not answer when the final product could be fielded, how much money will be awarded or other questions on specific program requirements. -- Rachel S. Karas
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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2016, 02:57:45 am »
Interesting.  Wasn't this the concept for Tacit Rainbow?

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2016, 06:40:44 am »
Interesting.  Wasn't this the concept for Tacit Rainbow?
Well Tacit Rainbow was an anti-radiation ALCM, so very broadly I guess you can say yes a SEAD-focused missle would be considered it's descendant in spirit at least.

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 07:43:43 pm »
?

They already have this. Footage was shown by mistake on live television, an entire formation packed in tight headed to target, weaving as if they were a shoal of fish.

Then they paired off just as the footage was cut.

And I'm talking 2003 Iraq time frame.

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2016, 09:20:49 pm »
any pics of this missile ?

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 05:21:48 am »
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They already have this. Footage was shown by mistake on live television, an entire formation packed in tight headed to target, weaving as if they were a shoal of fish.

Then they paired off just as the footage was cut.

And I'm talking 2003 Iraq time frame.

This?



Somebody said it was "geese".  ???
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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2017, 02:25:40 pm »
DOD Contracts

 Dec. 18, 2017

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, has been awarded an $110,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for the gray wolf science and technology demonstration effort.  The contract provides for the design, development, manufacture,
and testing of prototype-affordable cruise missiles to advance networked collaborative operations technologies for defeat of enemy
integrated air defense systems.  Work will be performed in Dallas, Texas, with an expected completion date of Dec. 17, 2022.
Fiscal 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $2,814,490 are being obligated at the time of award. 
This contract was a competitive acquisition, and seven offers were received. 
Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0002).

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 04:13:35 pm »
Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded an $110,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contract for the gray wolf science and technology demonstration effort.  The contract provides for the design, development, manufacture,
and testing of prototype affordable cruise missiles to advance networked collaborative operations technologies for defeat of enemy
integrated air defense systems.  Work will be performed in Redondo Beach, California, with an expected completion date of Dec. 17, 2024.
Fiscal 2017 and 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $3,014,590 are being obligated at the time of award. 
This contract was a competitive acquisition, and seven offers received.
Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0001). (Awarded Dec. 18, 2017)

* Interestingly, NG's MALI demonstrated collaborative formation flying in the early 2000's.

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2017, 11:00:41 am »
Gray Wolf: USAF Awards Lockheed Martin $110 Million for Networked, Affordable Cruise Missile

DALLAS, Dec. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $110 million, five-year Phase 1 contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and demonstrate a new low-cost cruise missile called Gray Wolf.

The Gray Wolf program seeks to develop low-cost, subsonic cruise missiles that use open architectures and modular design to allow for rapid prototyping and spiral growth capabilities. The AFRL is developing the missiles to feature networked, collaborative behaviors (swarming) to address Integrated Air Defense (IAD) system threats around the world. The Gray Wolf missile design will allow for maximum mission flexibility.

"Lockheed Martin's concept for the Gray Wolf missile will be an affordable, counter-IAD missile that will operate efficiently in highly contested environments," said Hady Mourad, Advanced Missiles Program director for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Using the capabilities envisioned for later spirals, our system is being designed to maximize modularity, allowing our customer to incorporate advanced technologies such as more lethal warheads or more fuel-efficient engines, when those systems become available."

The Gray Wolf program consists of four spiral-development phases that allow for rapid technology prototyping and multiple transition opportunities. This first phase, defined by an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, is anticipated to run until late 2019. Initial demonstrations will be from an F-16 aircraft. In addition to the F-16, the system will be designed for compatibility with F-35, F-15, F-18, B-1, B-2 and B-52 aircraft.

"Our AFRL customer will benefit from decades of Lockheed Martin experience in building high-quality, low-cost systems like GMLRS, while capitalizing on the experience of our team in developing and integrating advanced cruise missiles such as JASSM and LRASM on military aircraft," Mourad said.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 02:36:47 pm »
Possibly Related:


L3 Technologies Inc., Communications Systems-West, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been awarded a $9,000,000
indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to explore technologies enabling cooperative engagement in degraded
communication environments for the next generation of munitions.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah,
and is expected to be complete by January 2025. This contract is the result of a competitive acquisition and two bids
were received. Fiscal 2017 research and development funds in the amount of $1,680,000 are being obligated at
the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity (FA8651-18-D-0015).

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Re: AFRL Gray Wolf Cruise Missile
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2018, 07:10:07 pm »
(my highlight)

Son of LOCASS?