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

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US Army pursues new mid-range missile, as tactical missile upgrade hits delay

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Army pursues new mid-range missile to fill gap in precision fire

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FORT SILL, Okla. -- The Army is seeking a new mid-range missile system that can hit targets between 500 to 1,500 kilometers, or 310 to 930 miles, to help fill a gap in its fires portfolio by 2023.

Brig. Gen. John Rafferty, director of the Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, said the surface-to-surface launch capability could prove beneficial if positioned in strategic areas such as the Pacific island chains.

“What a dilemma that would create for our adversary,” he said Sept. 29, referring to China, which the National Defense Strategy states as a near-peer threat along with Russia. “How we would change the calculus in a second, if we could deliver this kind of capability out there.”

The endeavor is currently being researched by his team in a partnership with the Field Artillery School, Fires Capability Development Integration Directorate, and Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office.
Precision Strike Missile

The Precision Strike Missile now has three successful flight tests under its belt. The surface-to-surface missile looks to increase the range of the Army Tactical Missile System, which has been around for nearly four decades.

The PrSM is half the size of its predecessor that has a maximum firing range of only 300 km, or 180 miles -- nearly half of the PrSM’s 500 km range. Both missiles pack the same explosive punch.

The next phase of testing will include four shots, one of them to be fired out into the Pacific Ocean from the Californian coastline.

“We’ll go to Vandenberg Air Force Base and we’ll test it out into the ocean and see how far it will go,” Rafferty said.
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Lockheed Martin awarded MRC prototype contract

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Army Awards Mid-Range Capability Other Transaction Agreement
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (November 6, 2020) – The U.S. Army awarded a prototype Other Transaction (OT) agreement to advance its development and delivery of a ground-launched, mid-range fires capability that will enable the United States to deter, and if necessary, defeat near-peer competitors.

The Mid-Range Capability (MRC), part of the Army’s number one modernization priority of Long-Range Precision Fires, will be designed to hit targets in the range between the Precision Strike Missile and the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon. The MRC prototype, consisting of launchers, missiles, and a battery operations center (BOC), will be fielded to an operational battery in Fiscal Year 2023.

The MRC addresses a need identified in the Army’s Fiscal Year 2020 Strategic Fires Study in coordination with Combatant Commanders in key theaters. The Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) will develop and deliver the prototype MRC.
On November 6, 2020, the Army awarded the prototype OT agreement on a sole source basis to Lockheed Martin in the amount of $339.3 million, inclusive of options. Under this agreement, Lockheed Martin will design, build, integrate, test, evaluate, document, deliver, and support the MRC prototype battery capability.

In order to accelerate fielding to meet the FY23 timeline, the MRC prototype will utilize and modify existing hardware and software from the Army and joint service partners, and integrate additional technologies to achieve new operational effects. Following a broad review of joint service technologies potentially applicable to MRC, the Army has selected variants of the Navy SM-6 and Tomahawk missiles to be part of the initial prototype. The Army will leverage Navy contract vehicles for missile procurement in support of the Army integration OT agreement.
https://www.army.mil/article/240666/arm ... _agreement


Contracts For Nov. 6, 2020
Lockheed Martin Corp., Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded an Other Transaction Authority agreement with a ceiling of $339,318,582 for the Mid-Range Capability. Work will be performed in Baltimore, Maryland; Akron, Ohio; Clearwater, Florida; Moorestown, New Jersey; Owego, New York; Syracuse, New York; and Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2023. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $57,959,033 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W50RAJ-2-19-0001).
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Congress doles out USD88.1 million for US Army's mid-range missile development
US lawmakers have given the green-light to the army’s effort to develop a ‘mid-range’ missile and have provided the service with USD88.1 million to do so in fiscal year 2021.

In late December, President Donald Trump signed a comprehensive spending bill for FY 2021 that includes Pentagon funding and dollars for the army to move ahead with designing a mid-range capability (MRC) prototype. The service had not initially requested MRC money but later unveiled plans for a new weapon after abandoning the cross-domain upgrade to the Army Tactical Missile System (CD-ATACMS). The latter was to field an anti-ship capability.

“It was a hard problem to take an existing seeker and not build for the type of launch environment and put it in ATACMS,” Brigadier General John Rafferty, head of the US Army’s Long-Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, told Janes in October. He noted that the service envisioned the CD-ATACMS as a “bridge” until it could field its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) spiral 1 capability. However, the army now plans to field a PrSM baseline capability in 2023 before the spiral 1 capability with a multi-mode seeker in 2025.

“Now I don’t think we need that [CD-ATACMS] bridge,” the one-star general added.
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... evelopment


H.R.6395 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

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Options for Fielding Ground-Launched Long-Range Missiles

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Air Force general says of Army’s long range precision fires goal: ‘It’s stupid’
The U.S. Air Force general in charge of managing the service’s bomber inventory slammed the Army’s new plan to base long-range missiles in the Pacific, calling the idea expensive, duplicative and “stupid.”

“Why in the world would we entertain a brutally expensive idea when we don’t, as the [Defense] Department, have the money to go do that?” Gen. Timothy Ray, who leads Air Force Global Strike Command, said during the Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Advantage podcast recorded March 31.

“I’ve had a few congressmen ask me. And you know what? Honestly I think it’s stupid,” he said. “I just think it’s a stupid idea to go and invest that kind of money that recreates something that the service has mastered and that we’re doing already right now. Why in the world would you try that? I try to make sure that my language isn’t a little more colorful than it is, but give me a break.”
In March, the Army unveiled a new strategy paper laying out its plan to function as an “inside force” that would forward-deploy troops and ground-based missiles in the Pacific capable of destroying Chinese defenses.

Developing strategic counterfire and hypersonic weapons is “hugely important” for the Army to be able to neutralize ships, air defenses, and anti-access/area denial capabilities that could suppress the service’s maneuverability, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said during a March 25 event at the Brookings Institute.

“When you take a look at what some of our competitors have done with anti-access/area denial, they put up very elaborate air and missile defense systems, they’ve put up very elaborate anti-ship capabilities, and they’re basically trying to expand themselves,” he said. “The argument that we have is that you want to have multiple options to do that.”
In the podcast, Ray argued that the Army hasn’t proved it can get allies and partners in the Western Pacific to sign on to host the weapon systems the service hopes to develop.

“There are a lot of countries that have to agree to this. I could see some of them probably agreeing in the European theater, maybe in the Central Asian theater, but I don’t see it coming together with any credibility in the Pacific any time real soon,” he said.

During a joint appearance earlier this week with McConville, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown noted that the services must work together despite having “a different perspective of how we look at the battlefield or a strategic environment.”

After the publication of this story, an Air Force official told Defense News that Brown and McConville had spoken to each other on April 2 about Ray’s remarks.

“They know the Air Force and the Army need to continue to work together in defense of the nation and look forward to making further progress toward that end,” the source said.

Brown also released his own statement.

“Each of the services is charged with organizing, training and equipping forces to capitalize on unique capabilities, meet national security requirements, and to support our joint team. I would highlight that in addition to our four other core missions - air superiority, rapid global mobility, ISR and C2 - the U.S. Air Force provides our nation with an unparalleled 24/7 long-range global strike capability,” he said. “The Air Force will continue to work closely with all of our joint teammates to provide the capabilities the nation requires.”
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Nuclear Triad: DOD and DOE Face Challenges Mitigating Risks to U.S. Deterrence Efforts
The Navy is in the process of deploying W76-1 warheads on the Trident II D-5 missile. During this transition, some W76-0 warheads will remain in the stockpile and deployed. In addition, DOE produced and delivered a low-yield W76 variant, known as the W76-2 in 2019 and 2020 and has closed out the program, according to agency documentation.
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The Army Has Finally Revealed The Range Of Its New Hypersonic Weapon
The U.S. Army has finally provided an official range for its future Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, or LRHW. This range figure notably means it would have been prohibited under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, that the United States and Russia were parties to until 2019. This disclosure also follows criticism earlier this year from a senior Air Force officer about the utility of this weapon, especially in the Pacific region.

"The Long Range Hypersonic Weapon provides a capability at a distance greater than 2,775 km," an Army spokesperson said, according to Breaking Defense. This means that the LRHW can strike targets at least 1,725 miles away. For comparison, the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) short-range ballistic missile, the longest-range ground-based missile system currently in Army service, can only reach targets out to 300 kilometers, or close to 186 miles.
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Precision Strike Missile Completes Longest Flight to Date
DALLAS, May 12, 2021 – Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) successfully completed its fourth consecutive flight test with the U.S. Army today in a 400-kilometer demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The PrSM was fired from a HIMARS® launcher and flew with expected precision to the target area where it once again demonstrated a highly accurate and effective warhead event.

Test objectives included confirming flight trajectory, range and accuracy from launch to impact, as well as warhead lethality, HIMARS integration and overall missile performance.
The 400-kilometer flight is the first of three demonstrations that will take place this year as part of the Enhanced Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (ETMRR) phase of the development program. This series of flight tests follows three successful TMRR demonstrations culminating last spring. Additional ETMRR flights are slated for the second half of 2021 and will include a maximum range flight test and participation in the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence this fall.
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