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Lockheed Martin taps subcontractors for DARPA project

The defence prime has appointed three subcontractors to support its development of a novel ground-launched system on behalf of DARPA.

The defence prime has appointed three subcontractors to support its development of a novel ground-launched system on behalf of DARPA.

Lockheed Martin has selected Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, and Electronic Concepts & Engineering (ECE) as subcontractors to support the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Operational Fires (OpFires) Phase Three Weapon System Integration program.

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The program seeks to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system, which enables hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defences and engage critical time sensitive targets.

Specifically:

  • Northrop Grumman has been tasked with developing the stage one solid rocket motor;
  • Dynetics has been tasked with developing the cannister, all up round and fins, and support integration and test; and
  • ECE has been tasked with providing the booster power pyro module.

“The engineering innovation required to deliver this manoeuvrable and rapid-response solution demands a best-of-industry team,” Steven Botwinik, Lockheed’s director of tactical and strike missiles advanced programs, said.

“OpFires and its unique throttleable booster make it a versatile platform to launch a variety of payloads over varied ranges and for this reason, OpFires is well-suited to address the Army’s Medium Range Strategic Fires needs.”

Lockheed Martin has worked to develop and demonstrate hypersonic technologies capability for more than 30 years.

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Lockheed Martin stated that it expects to complete its first live fire in 2021.

[Related: Lockheed Martin renews F-35 contract with Solvay]

Lockheed Martin taps subcontractors for DARPA project
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