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Boeing Submits Proposal For Next Generation Aegis Missile Contract

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Huntsville AL (SPX) Nov 15, 2010
Boeing has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for the concept definition and program planning phase of the Next Generation Aegis Missile (NGAM). NGAM is a key component of the Obama administration's Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe. It will provide capability against emerging longer-range ballistic missile threats. Boeing has established a program office for NGAM operations in Huntsville and is ready to begin developing this advanced defense capability.

"We are proud to submit our bid for this important project, which represents the future of regional missile defense," said Greg Hyslop, vice president, Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems. "Our team is uniquely qualified to lead in the development of NGAM - a capability that will be critical to the United States and its allies in meeting future potential threats." The MDA is expected to award multiple NGAM contracts in 2011, with deployment scheduled for the 2020 time frame. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in Alabama and one of the state's largest employers.

Current company operations in Huntsville include the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and other missile defense work, such as the Arrow system and the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 seeker, as well as work associated with Ares I, the International Space Station, Army Integrated Logistics, Brigade Combat Team Modernization, SBInet, and engineering for the 787 and the P-8A Poseidon.

Lockheed Martin Bids For Next Gen Aegis Missile Contract

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Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2010

Lockheed Martin has submitted its proposal to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for the concept definition and program planning contract for the Next-Generation Aegis Missile. The Next-Generation Aegis Missile will provide early intercept capability against intermediate- and long-range ballistic missile threats as a key element of the Phased Adaptive Approach, which will provide robust defensive capabilities against regional threats on a global basis. It will be designed for integration into the Aegis Weapon System, with the Aegis BMD 5.1 and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, both ashore and at sea. "Lockheed Martin is committed to working in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy to support the Next-Generation Aegis Missile program," said Doug Graham, vice president of advanced programs, Strategic and Missile Defense Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

"Our offer draws upon capabilities across our corporation to define a concept and program plan that provides a best-value solution for this critical addition to our nation's overall missile defense capabilities." The Missile Defense Agency has announced that the 32-month concept definition and program planning phase will begin in 2011. This phase will focus on defining design objectives, conducting trade studies to establish a technical baseline, reducing technology risk and developing an executable program plan. A competitive product development phase will follow.

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 interceptor.It also has considerable experience in interceptor 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 most major U.S. missile defense systems and participates in several global missile defense partnerships.
 

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The pre-solicitation notice was originally for the "Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Missile Defense Interceptor" and refers several times to this missile as SM-3 Block IIB, which seems to be the long-awaited "full-caliber Standard" with a 21-inch diameter upper stage.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9bc4d572b6b52d90bb53c6091bd3367f&tab=core&_cview=1

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3A27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3A8ae4c4fa-1c52-4c3c-855a-40441c2d3359
 

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SM-3 Block IIA & B have been under development for some time. Both are "full caliber" rounds. Last I heard A had the current LEAP and B had a larger KKV with more divert capability (or would have had 3 MKVs had that not been cancelled).
 

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Whoops, you're right about Block IIA being full-caliber.

It looks like IIB (which was supposed to have greatly improved kinematics over even IIA) turned into a clean-sheet design, which is why it's now being competed rather than sole-sourced to Raytheon.
 

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TomS said:
Whoops, you're right about Block IIA being full-caliber.

It looks like IIB (which was supposed to have greatly improved kinematics over even IIA) turned into a clean-sheet design, which is why it's now being competed rather than sole-sourced to Raytheon.

Where did you hear that? The only differences I've ever heard were for a KKV with more divert capability for B. That would have meant a larger KKV and it (the B model) would have sacrificed top speed to get it as a result. Higher speed (and subsequently greater range) for the A and more divert for the B. The motor stack was to be the same for both AFAIK.
 

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Among other places, here: http://www.spacenews.com/policy/pentagon-shifts-sm-3-for-european-missile-defense.html

Toward the end of the decade, the system will evolve for defense against ICBMs, Cartwright said. The United States is co-developing with Japan the larger and more capable SM-3 Block 2A missile, and an even more energetic Block 2B missile will follow.

And here: http://armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/OReilly_Testimony100109.pdf

By 2020, our goal is to leverage the lightweight kill vehicle technology developed in the now terminated Multiple Kill Vehicle program to develop a higher velocity SM-3 Block IIB missile that would destroy ballistic missiles early in flight, during the ascent phase, from many hundreds of kilometers from the threat launch location.

Going from mid-course to ascent phase intercept to me implies a need for much greater flyout velocity and possibly even less divert capacity, because the intercept would happen before the target could start evasive maneuvers.
 

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