USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

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Stoltenberg: Keine neuen Atomwaffen in Europa

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/us ... n-100.html


Trump makes it official: US is leaving nuclear arms treaty
Don’t expect the Pentagon to roll out INF-busting weapons in the near future, the officials said. While the U.S. did include money for low-level research into a noncompliant ground-based missile in last year’s budget, the Pentagon is still in the early stages of “looking at potential options,” the second official said.

“We are some time away from having a system that we have produced, that we would train soldiers or airmen or Marines to deploy, and then certainly before we would be in a position to talk about basing, potentially in allied countries. And of course all that will be proceeded by intensive consultations with allies so that we can have a mutual understanding of what the security environment, what the defense and deterrence environment will be in a post-INF world,” the second official added.

The first official said the U.S. is not currently looking at nuclear-capable ground-based cruise missiles, like those of Russia.
However, the second senior administration official downplayed the China impact, saying: “This really doesn’t have anything to with China. This is fully about Russia’s violation to this treaty.”

At the same time, the officials acknowledged a U.S. assessment that China has roughly 1,000 missiles that would be considered noncompliant with the INF Treaty.
https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nuclear ... ms-treaty/


Meeting with permanent members of Security Council
Vladimir Putin met with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the developments in Venezuela, the US intention to pull out of the INF Treaty and current domestic issues.
They also had an in-depth discussion on strategic stability and international security in the context of the expected US withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
The meeting was attended by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Dumas Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59761
Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-st ... nf-treaty/









US to start INF Treaty withdrawal process
Washington and Moscow have exchanged numerous barbs over alleged INF violations. Moscow’s concerns revolve primarily around whether the US’ Aegis Ashore ballistic missile-defence systems in Poland and Romania could be used to launch offensive weapons against Russia. Meanwhile, Washington is focused on Russia’s 9M729/SSC-8, although its capabilities remain unconfirmed. It is derived from the 3M-14 sea-launched cruise missile. The earlier 9M728 missile (SSC-X-7/SSC-7/R-500) is thought to have been derived from the shorter-range export version of the 3M-14, the 3M-14E. The 2017 US Defense Intelligence Ballistic Missile Analysis Committee report on global missile developments listed a 2,500 km maximum range for the 3M-14, while the 3M-14E and 9M728 ranges are, respectively, 275 km and below 500 km.
https://www.janes.com/article/86114/us- ... al-process




  • US Air Force looks for new maker of Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles (14. September 2018)
    Lockheed Martin was awarded a $51 million contract from the USAF on 10 September to develop an even longer range version of the cruise missile, called Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extreme Range, which is reportedly designed to have a range of more than 1,000nm (1852km).
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... ur-451911/
  • Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on
    Time Critical Conventional Strike from Strategic Standoff


    March 2009

    Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
    Washington D.C.
    JASSM-XR - USAF. Extra Extended Range version being considered with range up to 1000 nm. Launch platform would include bombers and heavy strike aircraft.
    https://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports/2000s/ADA498403.pdf
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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Sa 2. Feb 2019, 12:46

Reaktion auf US-Schritt:
Russland setzt INF-Vertrag ebenfalls aus


https://orf.at/stories/3110039/


Meeting with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, please provide an update on the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, and the disarmament dossier in general. What is going on in terms of limitation of offensive arms?

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Mr President,

Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as you know, it has been in force since 1988. It had an indefinite term. According to the information at our disposal, the United States has been violating the Treaty since 1999, when it started testing combat unmanned aerial vehicles that have the same characteristics as land-based cruise missiles banned by the Treaty.

The United States went on to use ballistic target missiles for testing their missile defence system, and in 2014 they began the deployment in their missile defence system positioning areas in Europe of Mk 41 vertical launching systems. These launchers are fully suitable as they are for Tomahawk intermediate-range attack missiles.

Vladimir Putin: And this is an outright violation of the Treaty.

Sergei Lavrov: This is an outright violation of the Treaty. Launchers of this kind have already been deployed in Romania, and preparations are underway to deploy them in Poland, as well as Japan.

Another matter of concern for us is that only recently, just a year ago, the United States in its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review set the task of developing low-yield nuclear weapons, and it is probable that intermediate-range missiles will serve as a means of delivery for these weapons. It was also announced only recently that this provision of the US nuclear doctrine is beginning to materialise with missiles of this kind entering production.

In October 2018, the United States officially declared its intention to withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. We did everything we could to save the Treaty considering its importance in terms of sustaining strategic stability in Europe, as well as globally. The last attempt of this kind was undertaken on January 15, when the US finally agreed to our request for holding consultations in Geneva.

In coordination with the Defence Ministry, we proposed unprecedented transparency measures that went far beyond our obligations under the INF Treaty in order to persuade the US that Russia was not in violation of this essential instrument. However, the US torpedoed these proposals. Instead, the US presented yet another ultimatum. It is obvious that we cannot accept it since it contradicts the INF Treaty in both letter and spirit.

The US announced that it was suspending its participation in the INF Treaty, launched the official withdrawal from it, and said that it will no longer consider itself restricted by the INF Treaty. As far as we can see, this means that the US will make missiles in addition to engaging in research and development activities that have already been factored into the current budget.

There is no doubt that these developments make things worse overall in the sphere of nuclear disarmament and strategic stability. It all started with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, when the US decided to withdraw from it in 2002, as you know all too well. This was done despite numerous initiatives by the Russian Federation at the UN General Assembly to save the ABM Treaty. The UN General Assembly passed a number of resolutions supporting the ABM Treaty. However, this did not stop the United States from withdrawing from it.

As a partial replacement for the ABM Treaty, the US and Russia signed a joint declaration that same year, 2002, on new strategic relations with a promise to settle all issues related to the so-called third positioning area of the missile-defence system being deployed in Europe at the time. The declaration provided for holding consultations as a way to reach common ground. This did not happen due to the unwillingness of the United States to take up Russia’s concerns in earnest.

In 2007, we made another gesture of good will at your instructions by coming forward with an initiative that consisted of working together to resolve the problems related to US missile defence system’s third positioning area in Europe. Once again, the US backed out of this proposal.

However, at the Russia-NATO Summit in Lisbon in 2010, we once again called for Russia, the US and Europe to work together on a continental missile-defence system. This call was not heeded. Nevertheless, two years later, in 2012, at the NATO Summit in Chicago it was NATO that called for dialogue with Russia on missile defence. However, all this good will boiled down to the US insisting that we simply come to terms with their missile defence approach, despite all the obvious risks and threats to our security posed by this approach.

Let me remind you that in 2013 Russia once again called on the US Department of State to open consultations, and came forward with concrete proposals. There was no reply. And in 2014, the United States brought the dialogue on missile defence to a halt and declared the intention to deploy its positioning areas in Europe and Asia, while also strengthening other systems, including in Alaska and on the east coast.

Talking about other essential international security and strategic stability instruments, the approach adopted by the United States to performing its commitments under the universal Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has been a matter of concern for Russia. In fact, despite numerous reminders on our part, the United States commits serious violations of the Treaty in its actions within NATO. The Treaty commits nuclear powers to refrain from transferring the corresponding nuclear technologies.

Despite these provisions, NATO engages in so-called joint nuclear missions whereby the United States together with five NATO countries where US nuclear weapons are deployed conduct nuclear weapons drills with countries that are not part of the five nuclear-weapons states. This is a direct violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Another treaty that had a special role in removing the threat of nuclear war, or, to be more precise, whose preparation was a source of hope for addressing these threats, was the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty [CTBT]. The United States did not ratify it even though doing so was among Barack Obama’s campaign promises when he ran for president.

Right now, this instrument is completely off the radar, since the United States has lost all interest in any consultations on joining this Treaty. Being a party to the CTBT and acting in good faith, Russia holds special events at the UN General Assembly every year in order to promote the Treaty and mobilise public opinion in favour of its entry into force, which requires the United States to join it, among other things.

Apart from the INF Treaty, there is the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty [START] that remains in force. It is also essential for preserving at least some measure of strategic stability and global parity. It is also under threat, since its effective functioning has come into question after the recent move by the United States to remove from accountability under the treaty 56 submarine based Trident launchers and 41 heavy bombers by declaring them converted into nun-nuclear.

This is possible under the treaty, but the other party has the right to make sure that once converted these weapons cannot be reconverted back into nuclear arsenals.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.

Mr Shoigu, what is the Defence Ministry’s view on the current situation? And what do you propose in this regard?

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Mr President, it is obvious to us, despite the murky language that we hear, that apart from openly conducting research and development on the production of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, there have been actual violations of the INF Treaty, and this has been going on for several years. To put it simply, the United States has started producing missiles of this kind.

In this connection, we have the following proposals regarding retaliatory measures.

First, we propose launching in the coming months research and development, as well as development and engineering with a view to creating land-based modifications of the sea-based Kalibr launching systems.

Second, we propose launching research and development, followed by development and engineering to create land-based launchers for hypersonic intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

We ask you to support these proposals.

Vladimir Putin: I agree. This is what we will do. Our response will be symmetrical. Our US partners announced that they are suspending their participation in the INF Treaty, and we are suspending it too. They said that they are engaged in research, development and design work, and we will do the same.

I agree with the Defence Ministry’s proposals to create a land-based version of the Kalibr launchers and work on a new project to develop a land-based hypersonic intermediate-range missile.

At the same time, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we must not and will not let ourselves be drawn into an expensive arms race. I wanted to ask you, would it be possible to finance these initiatives using the existing budget allocations to the Defence Ministry for 2019 and the following years?

Sergei Shoigu: Mr President, we closely studied this matter, and will propose adjustments to the 2019 budget in order to be able to carry out these initiatives within the limits set by the state armaments programme and the defence procurement orders for 2019 without going over budget.
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59763
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Das russische Verteidigungsministerium behauptet, dass die USA schon vor zwei Jahren Vorbereitungen zur Fertigung von verbotenen Kurz- und Mittelstreckenraketen getroffen hätten. Seither sei die Fläche der Fabrik um 44 % von 55.000 auf 79.000 m² gewachsen und die Zahl der Mitarbeiter sollte sich, nach offiziellen Mitteilungen, um 2000 Stellen erhöhen. Beinahe zeitgleich zum Beginn des Ausbaus habe der Kongress dem DoD eine erste Tranche von 58 Mio. $ zur Entwicklung einer Mittelstreckenrakete bewilligt.







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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Di 5. Feb 2019, 17:24

Diesem Artikel zufolge fand heute eine Tagung des russischen Verteidigungsministers und des Generalstabs statt, die sich u.a. mit dem Ende des INF-Vertrags befasste. Der Generalstab hat dem russischen Präsidenten eine Liste möglicher Gegenmaßnahmen vorgelegt, die auch genehmigt wurden:


https://www.facebook.com/mod.mil.rus/vi ... =3&theater

Unter diese Gegenmaßnahmen fallen:
  • 2019-2020 Entwicklung einer landgestützten Version des schiffsgestützten Marschflugkörpers "Kalibr" (Калибр) und einer landgestützten Hyperschallrakete großer Reichweite
  • Erhöhung der Reichweite bestehender landgestützter Raketensysteme
  • Durchführung der Entwicklungsarbeiten im Rahmen des Verteidigungsbudgets 2019 und der Planungsperiode 2020-2021 durch Umschichtung verfügbarer Mittel

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Mi 6. Feb 2019, 04:51

State of the Union

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu/


  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address
    Under my Administration, we will never apologize for advancing America’s interests.

    For example, decades ago the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities. While we followed the agreement to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. That is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF Treaty.

    Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t –- in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-st ... address-2/

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  • Подписан Указ о приостановлении Россией выполнения Договора между СССР и США о ликвидации их ракет средней дальности и меньшей дальности

    http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59939

https://rg.ru/2019/03/04/rossiia-vsled- ... drsmd.html

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

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Im US-Verteidigungsbudget für 2020 sind erstmals Mittel zur Entwicklung einer mobilen Mittelstreckenrakete enthalten - vorläufig 20 Mio. $:
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U.S. to start making parts for ground-launched cruise missile systems (11. März 2019)
The United States will start initial production on parts for ground-launched cruise missile systems, the Pentagon said on Monday, after Washington announced it plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
“We will commence fabrication activities on components to support developmental testing of these systems - activities that until February 2 would have been inconsistent with our obligations under the Treaty,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

“This research and development is designed to be reversible, should Russia return to full and verifiable compliance before we withdraw from the Treaty in August 2019,” Baldanza said.

The Pentagon said the efforts would be conventional and not nuclear.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1QS1W8
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Pentagon plans tests of long-banned types of missiles (13. März 2019)
The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday.

By moving forward with these missile projects, the Pentagon is not excluding the possibility that the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty could still survive, although it likely will be terminated in August.
The officials, who spoke to a small group of reporters under Pentagon ground rules that did not permit use of their names or titles, said one project is a low-flying cruise missile with a potential range of about 1,000 kilometers; the other would be a ballistic missile with a range of roughly 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers. Neither would be nuclear armed, the officials said.

The U.S. cruise missile is likely to be flight-tested in August, one official said, adding that it might be ready for deployment within 18 months. The longer-range ballistic missile is expected to be tested in November, with deployment not likely for five years or more, the official said. If Russia and the U.S. were to reach a deal to rescue the INF treaty before August, these projects would not go forward.
The defense officials said U.S. allies in Europe and Asia have not yet been consulted about deploying either new missile on their territory. NATO is currently studying the implications of the demise of the INF treaty and possible military responses.

One defense official said it was possible that the intermediate-range ballistic missile could be deployed on Guam, a U.S. territory, which would be close enough to Asia to pose a potential threat to China and Russia.
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pent ... -missiles/

Washington Post hat geschrieben:National Security
U.S. military to test missiles banned under faltering nuclear pact with Russia

By Paul Sonne
March 13 at 6:22 PM


The Pentagon is gearing up to test missiles banned by a Cold War-era arms control pact with Russia that is set to end formally this summer after President Trump’s withdrawal over Russian violations.

The U.S. military plans to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 600 miles in August and a midrange ballistic missile with a range of about 1,800 to 2,500 miles in November, according to senior U.S. defense officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military matters.

The testing, production and deployment of missiles with those ranges is prohibited by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or the INF Treaty. But Trump withdrew from the treaty on Feb. 1 and triggered a formal six-month wait period before the final expiry of the agreement this summer.

Washington and Moscow will then be free to test, produce and deploy the intermediate-range missiles that both countries have agreed to ban for more than three decades. Research and development of the banned missiles isn’t prohibited by the treaty.

Russia suspended its participation in the treaty after Trump’s withdrawal. Russian President Vladi­mir Putin vowed to design new weapons banned under the pact but said he would deploy them only if the United States does.

Washington has said Moscow is already deploying a missile that violates the agreement and cited that weapon as a reason for its withdrawal from the pact. The Kremlin has denied that accusation.

The race to develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by the treaty raises concerns about a new nuclear arms race with Russia as an arms-control framework constructed during the Cold War shows increasing signs of eroding. The senior U.S. defense officials cautioned that the United States was looking at only conventional variants of the new missiles slated for testing later this year. Theoretically, in the future they could be armed with nuclear warheads.

Signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the INF Treaty was widely viewed as a breakthrough in arms control. The pact banned all ground-launched missiles, both nuclear and nonnuclear, with ranges from 310 to 3,400 miles. It ended a particularly tense period in the Cold War arms race, in which Washington and Moscow dotted Europe with nuclear-tipped rockets.

U.S. officials say the Trump administration has no plans to seek the forward deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe once again, but the breakdown of the treaty threatens a return to an era in which Europeans worried about Russian nuclear missiles that could strike their cities within a few minutes of launching. The systems the Pentagon is planning to test are similar to the missiles that the United States deployed in the 1980s, although without nuclear warheads attached. The deployment of those missiles fueled tension with the Soviet Union that ultimately led to the conclusion of the INF Treaty.

The U.S. ground-launched cruise missile is slated for testing in August, just after the treaty formally ends. According to a senior defense official, it will essentially involve putting a Tomahawk missile in a container that could be placed on a ship or in a mobile launcher.

“We’ll actually launch it, and it’ll fly out, and we’ll prove the concept — that you can take a Tomahawk and put it on a truck,” the senior defense official said. Deployment of the mobile missile would require procuring the system and training and equipping the forces that operate it. The official said that could take place within 18 months.

Washington has not spoken to any European or Asian allies about the possibility of hosting the missile on their territory, according to the defense officials. The U.S. military could keep it in its arsenal at home for possible deployment if a situation warranted.

“We haven’t engaged any of our allies about formal deployment,” the senior official said. “But it’s always going to be deployable.” Asked about a possible forward deployment, the official added, “We are far away from that consideration.”

The United States previously deployed a mobile ground-launched cruise missile known as the BGM-109G Gryphon in Europe during the Cold War, but the Pentagon withdrew the weapon as a result of the INF Treaty’s restrictions.

The intermediate-range ballistic missile that the Pentagon is planning to test in November is a much longer-term effort. The test comes as the Army also explores developing longer-range missiles. If the proof of concept works in November, then the Army would develop, procure and roll out the system, according to the senior defense official, who predicted that process would take no less than five years.

The official said the missile was different from the Army Tactical Missile System, and would more closely resemble the Pershing II ballistic missiles that the United States deployed at the end of the Cold War in the years before the signing of the INF Treaty.

“It’s a brand-new missile,” the senior defense official said. “Think Pershing II. It’s a missile of that class.”

Both the Obama administration and the Trump administration urged Russia to come back into compliance with the INF Treaty and end the production and deployment of its banned intermediate-range missile. Russia denied the allegations, and instead accused the United States of violating the pact through its missile defense installations in Europe — accusations the State Department refuted.

The senior defense official said the Pentagon would stand down on the tests if Russia were to come back into compliance and the treaty survived. “If the Russians come back in, in August we wouldn’t do the test,” the official said.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... story.html

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Department of Defense
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Estimates

March 2019

Justification Book of
Research, Development, Test & Evaluation, Army
RDT&E − Volume II, Budget Activity 4

HX1 / Land-Based Hypersonic Missile

[...]

A. Mission Description and Budget Item Justification

This Program Element (PE) funds hypersonic development efforts performed by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).

Project HX1: Funds USASMDC/ARSTRAT to prototype a Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) System is to provide the Army with a prototype strategic attack weapon system to defeat Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) capabilities, suppress adversary Long Range Fires, and engage other high payoff/time sensitive targets.

The LRHW Integrated System contractor will integrate Common Hypersonic Glide Bodies (CHGBs) with 2 stage boosters into canisters to create LRHW All Up Rounds (AUR) as detailed in the following sections and a build a prototype LRHW System. A leave behind prototype LRHW system is expected as an Early Operational Capability (EOC).

B. Accomplishments/Planned Programs ($ in Millions)

Title: Land Based Hypersonic Missile

Description: Funding is provided for planning,.

FY 2020 Plans:

The Army Hypersonic Project Office will work with the Weapon System Integration Contractor to get through Systems
Requirements Review and move towards a Preliminary Design Review for the system. Funding will be used to order CHGBs and boosters for integration into All Up Rounds starting in FY21.

FY 2019 to FY 2020 Increase/Decrease Statement:

New program for FY2020.
  • The Army joins the Air Force, Navy in attempt to develop hypersonic weaponry (16. Oktober 2018)
    Col. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, discussed the development of these new long-range precision weapons at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 9.

    Rafferty said the services are collaborating on creating a common "hypersonic glide body," to provide a means for each service to deploy their hypersonic weaponry. He said the services will work alongside each other to develop the hypersonic weapons capability.

    "We're going to support the Space and Missile Defense Command's pursuit of the long-range hypersonic weapon and we'll help by developing the operational concept," Rafferty said. "But essentially what we're going to do is make sure that Soldiers are trained and ready to man the system when fielded, and that a mission-command structure and fire-control framework is in place.

    "In order to achieve the disintegration and penetration effect, we need to have a mix of weapons, and exquisite, very expensive, hypersonic missiles with tremendous kinetic effect that are well-suited for strategic infrastructure and hardened targets," he said.

    Hypersonic weapons move five times faster than the speed of sound and are designed to potentially deliver a precision-guided airstrike anywhere in the world within an hour. Rafferty said the hypersonic program office is currently being established, and eventually a major general will be selected as program manager.

    In the quest to maintain overmatch against America's enemies, billions have been invested into the long-range precision fires, or LRPF, capability. Development of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery continues as the weapon will eventually replace the M109A6/A7. The weapon will feature a longer gun tube, a redesigned chamber, and a breech capable of surviving increased pressures that will propel the rounds up to 70 kilometers away. The precision strike missile, which will strike targets out to 499 kilometers (within the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty limit), is expected to be delivered in late 2022 or early 2023, Rafferty said.
    https://www.army.mil/article/212487/the ... c_weaponry
  • Technical Center

    [...]

    The Technical Center consists of the Space and Strategic Systems Directorate, Air and Missile Defense Directorate and the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site located on Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean.

    [...]

    Hypersonic

    The SMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center successfully completed the first hypersonic boost glide test in 2011 and supported the Navy’s successful hypersonic test in 2017. With increased Department of Defense interest in hypersonic technology development, the Army began the establishment of an Army Hypersonic Project Office, which is standing up in 2019 at Redstone Arsenal. It will be responsible for producing a common hypersonic glide body, or C-HGB. The services and MDA will adapt the C-HGB to meet their specific requirements. The office will also oversee the development of the Army’s long-range hypersonic weapon, or LRHW.

    [...]

    The center’s director of Programs and Technology provides oversight, guidance and direction for the Space and Strategic Systems Directorate, Air and Missile Defense Directorate and the Concepts Analysis Laboratory. The CAL provides a hands-on environment for newly hired engineers, scientists and college interns. In addition to the CAL, the Technical Center operates the following lab facilities — the Space Lab; the AeroPhysics Research Facility; and the Laser Lab, all located in
    Huntsville, Alabama; and the Solid State Laser Testbed, located at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

    The Technical Center is geographically distributed in many sites, with its primary offices located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Other locations are the Reagan Test Site located at U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Reagan Test Site Operations Center located in Huntsville, Alabama.
    https://www.smdc.army.mil/Portals/38/Do ... pliant.pdf
PE 0604644A / Mobile Medium Range Missile

[...]

A. Mission Description and Budget Item Justification

Mobile Medium Range Missile provides the Joint Force Commander a lower cost strategic capability that can attack specific threat vulnerabilities in order to penetrate, disintegrate, and exploit in the strategic and deep maneuver areas. It mitigates Extremely High Risk (EHR) capability gap.

[...]

Change Summary Explanation

FY 2020 funding increase due to initial funding for new start program.

[...]

B. Accomplishments/Planned Programs ($ in Millions)

Title: TM/RR

Description: Develop the Army's next generation medium range strike missile capability. Mobile Medium Range Missile provides field artillery units with an extended range capability supporting strategic forces in full, limited or expeditionary operations.

FY 2020 Plans:

Supports acquisition strategy development, system requirements/specification definition/development, transitioned technology/component maturation assessment, and contract strategy development.

FY 2019 to FY 2020 Increase/Decrease Statement:

Funding for this new start begins in FY 2020.
https://www.asafm.army.mil/documents/Bu ... te_ba4.pdf

900 Mio. $ zur Entwicklung der Mobile Medium Range Missile bis 2024 - im Jahr 2024 ist aber erst die Preliminary Design Review geplant.
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https://asc.army.mil/web/weapon-systems/#

It mitigates Extremely High Risk (EHR) capability gap.
  • Extremely High Risk

    Loss of ability to accomplish the mission if hazards occur during mission. A frequent or likely probability of catastrophic loss (IA or IB) or frequent probability of critical loss (IIA) exists. This implies that the risk associated with this mission, activity, or event may have severe consequences beyond those associated with this specific operation or event. The decision to continue must be weighed carefully against the potential gain to be achieved by continuing this COA. (FM5-19)
    High Risk

    Significant degradation of mission capabilities in terms of the required mission standard, inability to accomplish all parts of the mission, or inability to complete the mission to standard if hazards occur during the mission. Occasional to seldom probability of catastrophic loss (IC or ID) exists. A likely to occasional probability exists of a critical loss (IIB or IIC) occurring. Frequent probability of marginal losses (IIIA) exists. This implies that if a hazardous event occurs, serious consequences will occur. The decision to continue must be weighed carefully against the potential gain to be achieved by continuing this COA. (FM5-19)
    Low Risk

    Expected losses have little or no impact on accomplishing the mission. The probability of critical loss is unlikely (IIE), while that of marginal loss is seldom (IIID) or unlikely (IIIE). The probability of a negligible loss is likely or less (IVB through (IVE). Expected losses have little or no impact on accomplishing the mission. Injury, damage, or illness are not expected, or may be minor and have no long term impact or effect. (FM5-19)
    Moderate Risk

    Expected degraded mission capabilities in terms of the required mission standard and will result in reduced mission capability if hazards occur during mission. An unlikely probability of catastrophic loss (IE) exists. The probability of a critical loss is seldom (IID). Marginal losses occur with a likely or occasional probability (IIIB or IIIC). A frequent probability of negligible (IVA) losses exists. (FM5-19)
    https://myclass.dau.mil/.../ICD%20Netwo ... %2011.docx

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