Raytheon awarded $4.8 million contract for counter-electronics cruise missile

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    Raytheon's Ktech nabs contract for counter-electronics missile

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    23 MARCH, 2016
    BY: JAMES DREW

    Raytheon’s acquisition of directed energy firm Ktech in 2011 is paying dividends following the US Defense Department’s award of a $4.8 million contract to repackage two conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM) as high-power microwave weapons.

    Laboratory officials have confirmed that the CHAMP system demonstrated in 2012 was capable of firing up to “100 shots per sortie” to fry military and commercial electronics in a very predictable way.

    The US Air Force has been under pressure from Congress to make use of the technology and has even received extra funding to make a handful of missile available for operational use.

    The rest of the article is here: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/a...h-nabs-contract-for-counter-electroni-423454/

    Raytheon wins $4.8mn USAF contract to work on EW payload for cruise missiles
    The U.S Air Force has awarded the US-based defense contractor Raytheon Company $4.8 million to continue the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile, known as CHAMP, aboard the Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile.

    The rest of the article is here: http://www.airrecognition.com/index...o-work-on-ew-payload-for-cruise-missiles.html
     
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    Boeing Tested its own system for the CHAMP project about 4 years ago, its good to see more competition.

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    A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.

    Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) during a flight over the Utah Test and Training Range.

    CHAMP, which renders electronic targets useless, is a non-kinetic alternative to traditional explosive weapons that use the energy of motion to defeat a target.

    During the test, the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and emitted bursts of high-powered energy, effectively knocking out the target's data and electronic subsystems. CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes against numerous targets during a single mission.

    "This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare," said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. "In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive."

    http://www.boeing.com/features/2012/10/bds-champ-10-22-12.page
     
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