- Apr 21, 2009
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Also in the budget request, the NNSA wrote that the nuclear warhead for a sea-launched cruise missile proposed by the Donald Trump administration, and so far supported by the Biden administration, will be a variant of the W80-4 warhead being prepared for the Pentagon’s next air-launched cruise missile, the Long Range Standoff Weapon.
Work on the sea-launched cruise missile program has to start in fiscal year 2022, NNSA said. A W80 alteration for the sea-based weapon will run on the same production line as the air-based weapon, similar to the way the agency handled a variant of the Navy’s smaller submarine-launched ballistic-missile warhead in 2019. That year, the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, kept the line used for the W76-1 warhead refurbishment running to create a small, so-far-undisclosed, number of lower-yield W76-2 warheads.
The NNSA plans to produce its W80-4 first production unit, a proof-of-concept article intended to prove the design and manufacturing line is ready for mass production, in fiscal year 2025. The Air Force plans to deploy the Long Range Standoff Weapon around 2030.
NNSA '22 Budget Details: SRS Pit Costs Balloon; W80 Alt for Sea-Launched Cruise Missile; B83 Sustainment Price Tag - ExchangeMonitorAmong the highlights of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s detailed fiscal year 2022 budget request: it will cost more than double what thewww.exchangemonitor.com
Any information on what engine system this will utilize? I’ve been looking and can’t seem to find anything.
Having thought about it, my moneys on some upgraded version of the F107.I think it's common agreement that LRS-O wil be subsonic, but for historical referense - https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/threads/supersonic-turbine-engine-for-long-range-stelr.24174/