Boeing leading effort to develop miniature weapon technology

  • 20-Nov-2009 05:08 EST

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded The Boeing Co. a $500,000 contract for the first phase of a program to demonstrate miniature weapon technology for use on unmanned airborne vehicles. As prime contractor during the initial nine-month program, Boeing will develop the system integration, seeker, avionics, guidance and control, and mission planning systems. KaZaK Composites Inc. will build the airframe, Ensign Bickford Aerospace & Defense Co. will design and build the warhead, and Systima Technologies Inc. will provide integration and testing services for the launcher. Science Applications International Corp. will provide systems engineering for the seeker and seeker algorithms, and the Mustang Technology Group will provide height-of-burst and radar options. The two-year second phase of the program, if awarded, is valued at $6.5 million.

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