Lockheed & Raytheon to develop new US nuclear cruise missile

https://www.rt.com/usa/400812-nuclear-cruise-missile-lockheed-raytheon/

The US Air Force has awarded two $900 million contracts to design the next nuclear-capable cruise missile, as part of the nuclear modernization push estimated at over $1 trillion.

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon were chosen to research and develop the new Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) weapon, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

“This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a statement.

The two military industry conglomerates were given 54 months to “mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies” for the LRSO. At that point, the Air Force will pick one of them to proceed with the engineering, manufacturing and development phase, sometime in fiscal year 2022.

The push to develop a next-generation missile has gained urgency since Russia unveiled its KH-101 Raduga standoff weapons last month, using bombers to launch missiles at Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS) targets in Syria.

The LRSO is supposed to be launched from USAF bombers, such as the B-52, B-2 and the B-21, which is still on the drawing board at Northrop Grumman. It is intended to replace the existing AGM-86B air-launched nuclear cruise missile (ALCM), designed by Boeing and in service since the early 1980s.

Boeing was “disappointed” to have lost out on the contract, spokeswoman Deborah VanNierop said told Bloomberg an email. “We look forward to learning more from the Air Force regarding the decision.”

Meanwhile, Lockheed executives were pleased by the award.

“Lockheed Martin’s proven experience in cruise missile and strategic systems technologies will provide the most reliable, capable, sustainable and affordable program in defense of our nation and our allies,” David Helsel, Lockheed’s LRSO program director, told Defense News.

Boeing will still get a piece of the nuclear modernization pie. Earlier this week, the Air Force awarded the Seattle-based company a development contract for a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), to replace the ground-based Minuteman III. The other contract went to Northrop Grumman.

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just what the world needs right now..an improved nuclear missile..

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon were chosen to research and develop the new Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) weapon, the Air Force announced Wednesday.”

no surprises these two warmonger merchants of death were selected..

“The LRSO is supposed to be launched from USAF bombers, such as the B-52, B-2 and the B-21, which is still on the drawing board at Northrop Grumman. It is intended to replace the existing AGM-86B air-launched nuclear cruise missile (ALCM), designed by Boeing and in service since the early 1980s.”

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~ by seeker401 on August 30, 2017.

5 Responses to “Lockheed & Raytheon to develop new US nuclear cruise missile”

  1. more bombs, that´s just exactly what the world needs…

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  3. “It is intended to replace the existing AGM-86B air-launched nuclear cruise missile (ALCM),”

    I did not realize the military has been using nuclear weapons. I am so used to seeing the big mushroom cloud in my thinking of what is a nuclear weapon. The “B” has been in numerous wars, and was replaced with a “C” version.

    “Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom was also the combat debut of the AGM-86D, a further development of the missile which replaced the blast/fragmentation warhead of the AGM-86C with a penetrating warhead.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-86_ALCM#Operations

  4. so Raytheon-does some of THEY-weather-maps
    http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/?s=harvey
    btw Seek remember the name of the Island THEY-RAYTHEON own in the Pacific ? was this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwajalein_Atoll ?

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