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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #750 on: July 15, 2017, 01:00:05 pm »
From the recently passes NDAA:

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Funding in NDAA

Chairman Turner included language in the NDAA to allow AFRL to assume oversight and management of the Hypersonic Airbreathing Weapons Concept. AFRL will be tasked with:

Developing a reusable hypersonics test bed to further probe the high speed flight corridor;
Facilitating the testing and development of hypersonic airbreathing weapon systems;
Exploring emerging concepts and technologies for reusable hypersonics weapons systems beyond current hypersonics programs, focused on experimental flight test capabilities; and
Developing defensive technologies and countermeasures against potential and identified hypersonic threats.

So far behind on this
"Developing defensive technologies and countermeasures against potential and identified hypersonic threats."


"The FMC 60 mm electrothermal gun and its Martin
Marietta (formerly GE) guided round small-caliber
smart munition (SCSM) were tested successfully during
1992/93. The SCSM contract was awarded in the
autumn of 1991. The 1.75 kilogram rolling-airframe
steel shell (illustrated in this report) uses a K-band
guidance uplink and an E/F-band telemetry downlink. It
carries a thermal battery and a miniature propulsion
control using a small solid-propellant thruster. Muzzle
velocity is 1.4 kilometers per second (4,260 ft/sec);

SCSM can maneuver at 40g at Mach 4. Like Phalanx,
this weapon kills by impact, not by explosion. Of the
seven saboted projectiles successfully fired at Dahlgren
Naval Base in the second half of 1992, five carried live
gas generators and thermal batteries. The K-band
command link was tested over water at Dahlgren in
February 1993. Tests against airborne targets were
scheduled for late 1994. The gun is an autoloader on a
Phalanx mounting. Firing rate is 4 rounds per second/10
round burst); elevation limits are +40/-5 degrees.
Following a 30-month design and development program,
the first 60 mm ET gun was delivered to the US Navy in
July 1993. Following the completion of final NSWC
acceptance trials, the gun, autoloader and other program
elements – including propellant charges, guided
projectiles and the TASD target acquisition system –
will be integrated during a series of live firings against
airborne targets."

https://www.forecastinternational.com/archive/disp_old_pdf.cfm?ARC_ID=1727











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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #751 on: July 16, 2017, 02:40:25 pm »
HyShot V HIFiRE 4

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #752 on: July 17, 2017, 05:47:28 am »
"Developing a reusable hypersonics test bed to further probe the high speed flight corridor"may be  something to see with the Lockheed FRV demonstrator ?

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #753 on: July 22, 2017, 09:45:54 am »
http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1683130-us-australia-fire-hypersonic-weapon

AFRL chief scientists always uses the "around 2040" date for a Strike/ISR platform but news trickles out from Lockheed that they could be ready to fly something much, much sooner (SR-72 thread).

I've always wondered if there is some disinformation here?
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #754 on: July 23, 2017, 04:22:26 am »
I think so , when we look the HIFIRE 4 it seems that Hypesonic look more Advanced than we think, something with this design but more bigger and launching by something like falcon 9 could have very game changing potential.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #755 on: July 24, 2017, 06:15:13 am »
Can anyone identify the "Tactical Strike/ISR" vehicle in the middle of the attached image (found from https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/04/us-air-force-hypersonic-weapons-roadmap.html )? Or find the original source for that slide?

It looks a bit like a HiFiRe variant, but on closer look doesn't match any known ones (wings in particular). Also it looks like it has a rocket nozzle in the rear. Isinglass revisited? On the left is clearly the Lockheed HSSW and on the right the Lockheed FRV.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #756 on: July 24, 2017, 06:47:14 am »
Can anyone identify the "Tactical Strike/ISR" vehicle in the middle of the attached image (found from https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/04/us-air-force-hypersonic-weapons-roadmap.html )? Or find the original source for that slide?

It looks a bit like a HiFiRe variant, but on closer look doesn't match any known ones (wings in particular). Also it looks like it has a rocket nozzle in the rear. Isinglass revisited? On the left is clearly the Lockheed HSSW and on the right the Lockheed FRV.

Weird that they'd say the technology wouldn't be ready until after 2030, a mere half-century after this:

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/hgv.html

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #757 on: July 24, 2017, 09:27:42 am »
Air Force plans hypersonic strike weapon contract award for late 2017

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The Air Force wants to start work this year to put a hypersonic, conventional strike weapon on fighter and bomber aircraft, according to a July 21 Federal Business Opportunities notice. The service plans to award a contract to one of five companies in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Orbital ATK are the only companies that could meet the Air Force's needs in a reasonable amount of time, the FBO notice states. The service asks for a hypersonic, GPS- and inertially guided strike capability to fire against high-value fixed and moving targets in denied environments. Each weapon would use an undisclosed government-issued warhead.

The development and integration contract will span all work through the engineering and manufacturing development phase, according to FBO. A June 29 FBO post noted the weapon would be flown on existing aircraft and that companies need to design and analyze the new system for rapid fielding.

The Air Force did not respond to questions about the hypersonic strike effort by press time (July 24).

Notice of Contract Action (NOCA) - The Long Range Systems Division (AFLCMC/EBJ) intends to solicit proposals from limited sources and award contracts for the development and integration of an air-launched hypersonic conventional strike weapon (HCSW) with both fighter and bomber aircraft platforms.  Integration will include mission planning operations and support.  The HCSW will provide a prompt (Hypersonic/Hypervelocity), precision strike capability against high-value, time-critical fixed and relocatable surface targets in a single or multi-theater challenged (A2/AD) environment. It will utilize Global Position System (GPS)/Inertial Guidance System (INS) for navigation and terminal guidance with a Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) warhead.  It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in the 1st quarter of FY18.  The contract will include all necessary effort through Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD).


This effort will be awarded using other than full and open competition to the successful offeror under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1 - Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements, among the limited sources. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Orbital ATK (Arizona) are the only firms that appear to possess the necessary capability within the Air Force's time frame without causing an unacceptable delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #758 on: July 24, 2017, 12:45:24 pm »
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #759 on: July 25, 2017, 11:49:20 pm »
Air Force plans hypersonic strike weapon contract award for late 2017

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The Air Force wants to start work this year to put a hypersonic, conventional strike weapon on fighter and bomber aircraft, according to a July 21 Federal Business Opportunities notice. The service plans to award a contract to one of five companies in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018.

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Orbital ATK are the only companies that could meet the Air Force's needs in a reasonable amount of time, the FBO notice states. The service asks for a hypersonic, GPS- and inertially guided strike capability to fire against high-value fixed and moving targets in denied environments. Each weapon would use an undisclosed government-issued warhead.

The development and integration contract will span all work through the engineering and manufacturing development phase, according to FBO. A June 29 FBO post noted the weapon would be flown on existing aircraft and that companies need to design and analyze the new system for rapid fielding.

The Air Force did not respond to questions about the hypersonic strike effort by press time (July 24).

Notice of Contract Action (NOCA) - The Long Range Systems Division (AFLCMC/EBJ) intends to solicit proposals from limited sources and award contracts for the development and integration of an air-launched hypersonic conventional strike weapon (HCSW) with both fighter and bomber aircraft platforms.  Integration will include mission planning operations and support.  The HCSW will provide a prompt (Hypersonic/Hypervelocity), precision strike capability against high-value, time-critical fixed and relocatable surface targets in a single or multi-theater challenged (A2/AD) environment. It will utilize Global Position System (GPS)/Inertial Guidance System (INS) for navigation and terminal guidance with a Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) warhead.  It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded in the 1st quarter of FY18.  The contract will include all necessary effort through Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD).


This effort will be awarded using other than full and open competition to the successful offeror under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1 - Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services Will Satisfy Agency Requirements, among the limited sources. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Orbital ATK (Arizona) are the only firms that appear to possess the necessary capability within the Air Force's time frame without causing an unacceptable delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter.
Should be awarding multiple contracts for multiple designs IMHO to maximize competition and invigorate the industrial base for high speed weapons research.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #760 on: July 26, 2017, 02:27:42 am »
There are multiple contracts supporting the portfolio in general. In October last year, both Raytheon and Lockheed were awarded contracts in support of HAWC, and TBG. I'm guessing that would trickle down to propulsion suppliers as well. I'm not sure what the acquisition strategy is for this program or if they wish to fund EMD on just one of the 5 teams but I guess they could always fund a couple of teams for early work.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #761 on: July 27, 2017, 09:47:30 am »
U.S. Air Force Plans Road Map To Operational Hypersonics



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....Tucker’s optimism is based on a dramatic upswing in the Air Force hypersonic research budget. Compared to 2012, when the Air Force spent just under $79 million on hypersonic science and technology programs, the service requested more than $292 million for the same areas in the 2018 presidential budget. Of this, $90 million was requested for prototyping.

While a number of classified hypersonic missile efforts are thought to be underway in the U.S., the only acknowledged committed government research developments are a series of technology demonstrator programs led by DARPA. These include two high-speed strike weapons: the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program and the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon (HAWC). The TBG is a follow-on to the unsuccessful HTV-2 hypersonic cruise vehicle demonstrator and is a rocket-launched hypersonic weapon capable of flying more than 1,000 mi. in 10 min. The TBG, in development by Lockheed Martin, is attempting to repackage the high lift-to-drag aerodynamic and aerothermal design concepts of the global-range HTV-2 into a smaller, tactical-range weapon

Raytheon Missile Systems and Lockheed Martin are meanwhile competing for the HAWC, a follow-on to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) successful Boeing X-51A WaveRider hypersonic scramjet engine demonstrator.

Leveraging elements of these DARPA/AFRL efforts, the Air Force has meanwhile begun efforts to develop an air-launched Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Missile Systems and Orbital ATK have all been listed as potential developers of the precision strike missile, which the service says will be fired at “high-value, time-critical fixed and relocatable surface targets.” A contract for development of the weapon—which will be conventionally armed, powered by solid rocket and guided by an integrated GPS/INS (inertial guidance system)—will be awarded in early 2018.

Beyond missiles and XS-1, DARPA’s other major hypersonic program is the Advanced Full-Range Engine (AFRE), a ground demonstrator of a turbine-based combined-cycle engine that will enable an aircraft to operate at Mach 5+ from standard runways. Launched 18 months ago, AFRE is a “full-scale engine, and will validate [that] we can have an effective engine,” says DARPA Tactical Technology Office Director Brad Tousley. “We need the same sort of thing as the J58 was in the SR-71, and AFRE is the same sort of thing. If that is successful, we think it would open up the trade space for us to work together with the Air Force, the U.S. Navy and others on a really ‘no-kidding’ reusable hypersonic aircraft......
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #762 on: July 27, 2017, 01:55:53 pm »
Great it seem that the hypersonic is accelerating  to weapon and aircraft.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #763 on: August 12, 2017, 02:38:46 pm »
Inside the Air Force - August 11, 2017

DSB prepping recommendations for new, long-range strike capabilities
August 10, 2017

A senior Pentagon advisory panel is finalizing recommendations on potential new long-range strike capabilities the U.S. military should develop, and plans to brief senior Defense Department leaders on its proposals on Aug. 11.

The Defense Science Board's 2017 Summer Study Task Force on Countering Anti-access Systems with Longer Range and Standoff Capabilities -- a panel that also goes by a shorter title, the Long-Range Effects 2017 Summer Study -- is meeting in Irvine, CA, to "deliberate and vote" on the findings and recommendations, according to a public notice.

The panel, led by David Whelan, former chief scientist for Boeing's Defense Space and Security, and Mark Russell, vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon, has met monthly since January, according to an Aug. 8 notice in the Federal Register.

"The objective of the Long-Range Effects 2017 Summer Study Task Force is to explore new defense systems and technologies that will enable cost effective power projection that relies on use of longer stand-off distances than current capabilities," the notice states.

The meeting, which will focus on deliberations over how the U.S. military can preserve the ability to project power around the globe -- a capability it has enjoyed in a relatively benign environment for a generation, is closed to the public.

The panel was commissioned last November by then-Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall to explore new defense systems and technology that might enable cost-effective power projection.

The task force convened at the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine on July 31 for two weeks of work that is due to culminate with presentation of its findings Aug. 11 to "DOD senior leaders," according to the notice.

The Long-Range Effects Summer Study has tackled its work by dividing into four panels -- architecture; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; basing, delivery and weapons; and command, control, communications and cyber -- to simultaneously discuss topics and analyze data in support of the study.

"System components may be deployed on manned or unmanned platforms with a range of potential autonomous capabilities," according to the notice.

"Use of cost-reducing technology and advanced production practices from defense and commercial industry may be a major part of the strategy for deploying adequate numbers of weapons," the panel's announcement states.

Last year, Kendall directed the DSB to consider the "best mix of air-breathing, ballistic, and hybrid hypersonic weapons and defense penetration aides for strike actions," given projected capabilities of nations developing anti-access capabilities, such as China, Russia and Iran.

In addition, the panel was to explore options for the development of "arsenal platforms" in order to deploy substantial numbers of weapons in a potential regional conflict, according to the then-Pentagon acquisition executive. Also, the task force was to investigate what manufacturing practices might enable "rapid production of large numbers of low-cost weapons," according to the Nov. 17, 2016 terms of reference memo launching the summer study. -- Jason Sherman
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #764 on: August 12, 2017, 04:10:28 pm »
I'd be happier if they were actually testing hardware that could fill this role.  As it is they'll reach a decision. . .sometime, and then that's it.  Nothing.
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