USAF awards contracts for new nuclear missile to Lockheed, Raytheon

The Air Force is on track to replace the aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, to include the B-21. Today, the Air Force awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Raytheon Company to mature design concepts and prove developmental technologies for the new Long Range Standoff weapon. “This weapon will modernize the air-based leg of the nuclear triad,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “Deterrence works if our adversaries know that we can hold at risk things they…

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Boeing Awarded Design Work for New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Boeing will develop its preliminary design for America’s next intercontinental ballistic missile through a $349 million U.S. Air Force contract announced today. Boeing and Northrop Grumman each received risk-reduction contracts for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which will replace the Minuteman III ICBM. In 2020, the Air Force will choose one company to develop the new land-based element of America’s nuclear triad. Missiles launched from submarines and aircraft are the other elements of the triad. “Since the first Minuteman launch in 1961, the U.S. Air Force has relied on…

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Navy Completes First LRASM Free Flight from B-1B Lancer

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin conducted the first free flight launch of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer Aug. 16 over Point Mugu Sea Range in California. This event marked the first end-to-end functionality test of LRASM, and proved the weapon’s ability to identify and prosecute a moving target at sea. During the test, aircrew aboard the B-1B from Edwards Air Force Base launched the missile over Point Mugu Sea Range. The missile navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and flew toward…

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Far-North Base Connects Air Force to its Satellites

April 18, 2017 – Far north — so far the northern lights are to the south — is Detachment 1 of the Air Force’s 23rd Space Operations Squadron, a remote unit situated nearly on top of the world in the ice fields of Thule Air Base, Greenland. As the northernmost U.S. military installation, Thule Air Base’s unique location almost 1,000 miles north of the Arctic Circle allows Detachment 1 to efficiently and frequently track satellite movements. Relaying this information in a timely manner is vital to the Air Force Satellite…

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USS Coronado at LIMA 2017

March 21, 2017 – Assets from the U.S. Navy and Air Force are on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2017, March 21-25. Founded in 1991, LIMA is a biennial event which has become a premier destination for aerospace and maritime manufacturers. The U.S. last participated in LIMA in 2015. “LIMA is a tremendous opportunity for the United States military to engage with counterparts in southeast Asia and to showcase our capabilities and assets,” said U.S Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdir. “It is also an…

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USO Announces New Leadership for New Era of Entertainment

March 13, 2017 – The USO’s iconic tradition of bringing entertainment to service members around the globe is being optimized with new leadership. Starting in April, longtime nonprofit entertainment representative Lorie Hennessey will join the USO as its Senior Vice President of Entertainment. Hennessey will lead a newly-configured entertainment team and manage all USO entertainment activities to deliver best-in-class celebrity engagement and USO tours to service members and their families. Hennessey will be supported by two vice presidents — newly-named USO Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships Mimi DiTrani and long-time…

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