The U.S. Air Pressure has chosen the corporate to develop and check SiAW, the brand new superior, high-speed, air-to-ground weapon for anti-access/space denial environments.
The U.S. Air Pressure has awarded Northrop Grumman an roughly $705 million contract to ship the Stand-in Assault Weapon (SiAW), a brand new era air-to-ground weapon that will be carried internally by the F-35A. SiAW will present strike functionality to defeat quickly relocatable targets as a part of an enemy’s anti-access/space denial setting.
Northrop Grumman says SiAW leverages the company’s weapons systems design, improvement and manufacturing experience to ship on the Air Pressure’s digital engineering priorities and speed up functionality for the warfighter. In the course of the subsequent 36 months, the corporate will additional develop the weapon, conduct platform integration and full the flight check program for fast prototyping in preparation for fast fielding.
“Northrop Grumman’s SiAW delivers on the Air Pressure’s need for its first digital weapons acquisition and improvement program,” says Susan Bruce, vice chairman of superior weapons at Northrop Grumman. “With our professional digital engineering capabilities, this next-generation missile represents an adaptable, reasonably priced manner for the Division of Protection to purchase and modernize weapons.”
The SiAW program beforehand awarded contracts final yr to Northrop, Lockheed Martin and L3Harris, after which this yr two contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman for the ultimate stage of the weapon’s first part. Section 2 improvement is a continuation of the Air Pressure requirement for this first-of-its-kind Center Tier Acquisition giant weapon program targeted on digital engineering, Weapon Open System Structure and agility.
Section 2 consists of two main increments: Section 2.1, which concludes with a guided automobile flight check, and Section 2.2, which concludes with three extra flight checks and the supply of SiAW leave-behind prototype missiles and check belongings. As soon as this part is accomplished, this system is predicted to transition to a significant functionality acquisition earlier than being fielded on the F-35A Lightning II and possibly on the B-21 Raider stealth bomber.
The Air Pressure is focusing on an preliminary operational functionality by 2026, with plans to purchase 400 of the missiles by 2028 and ultimately as much as 3,000 within the following years. In the mean time, the service will get the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER), at present in a complicated improvement part with the U.S. Navy, as an interim functionality.
The SiAW builds on the AARGM-ER however, whereas they seem an identical externally, SiAW is an all-new weapon. In comparison with the AARGM-ER, SiAW might be used in opposition to a broader vary of anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) targets past air protection radars, equivalent to command-and-control websites, ballistic missile and cruise missile launchers, GPS jamming methods, anti-satellite methods, different high-value or fleeting targets.
The SiAW is predicted to be sooner than each the present AGM-88 HARM and future AARGM-ER and with a better, but unspecified, vary. The weapon is predicted to have a number of sensors and high-resolution GPS steering, along with open architecture interfaces. This can permit for fast subsystem upgrades to discipline enhanced capabilities, by utilizing additionally modular parts that may be swapped quickly.