precision guided munitions

May 1, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Collaborative small diameter bombs are launched from the wing of an F-16 fighter. Four of the bombs were dropped during the second flight demonstration of the Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard in March.  U.S. Air Force

For some time, engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory have been developing network collaborative autonomous technologies. Munitions that operate in coordination with unmanned aerial vehicles, decoys and other systems make decisions, shift course and achieve a mission. The researchers have successfully designed platforms to support such capabilities, as well as developing and integrating the complex subsystems that support the networking, collaborative operations and autonomy.

February 26, 2021

Granite-Obayashi JV, Watsonville, California, is awarded a $41,944,700 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a standoff weapons complex, Joint Region Marianas-Andersen, Guam. The work to be performed provides for construction of an adequately sized and configured missile maintenance and assembly complex for loading, unloading, transferring, storing, testing and preparing missiles for operational use.

July 20, 2020

Leidos Inc., Arlington, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for high speed attack munitions research. The first task order will be for a $341,500 award under task order FA8651-20-F-1011. The five-year contract will support research and development, advancing state of the art in weapons airframe research to explore the impacts of complex flight environments on advanced weapon systems. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be completed August 2021 for the initial task order. Fiscal year 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $325,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Egli

May 7, 2018
DARPA is asking BAE Systems to demonstrate a cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions, that will reportedly improve the navigation of munitions, as well as automate target location and homing. Photo credit: BAE Systems

Under a $13.1 million contract award, BAE Systems will demonstrate a new optical seeker for precision-guided munitions for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The seeker is intended to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions used in GPS-denied and other contested environments, according to the company. BAE Systems tested the seeker during the first phase of DARPA's Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program. The seeker enables autonomous precision guidance via passive electro-optical and infrared sensors.

January 17, 2017

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a contract modification totaling $8,031,287 through the addition of Phase II tasks to a previously awarded procurement contract for the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) program. During the 14 month Phase II effort, the Raytheon team will focus on projectile development and performance. As a result of the Phase II award, the total amount of the contract is increased by $8,031,287 from $18,944,780 to $26,976,067. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (79 percent); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (20 percent); and McKinney, Texas (1 percent).

August 17, 2011
By George Seffers

Raytheon Missiles Systems Company, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a firm-fixed-price cost-plus-fixed-fee contract valued at more than $11 million Griffin stand-off precision guided munitions and associated engineering services support. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.