RELEASE: 98-064June 15, 1998

Navy Completes Tests Of Foreign Warhead

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD - - - The Conventional Strike Weapons Program Office here, PMA-201, has completed testing of the Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmenting Charge (BROACH) warhead manufactured by British Aerospace, Royal Ordnance Division.

BROACH is one of three foreign warheads tested by the Navy under the Defense Departmentís Foreign Comparative Test (FCT) program. The program provided more than $7 million to the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) FCT program to conduct tests on warheads from Israel, France and the United Kingdom.

The tests demonstrated the blast, fragmentation and penetration capabilities of the warheads, and assessed their insensitive munitions performance to determine their application to the JSOW Unitary, Standoff Land Attack Missile - Expanded Response and other DOD weapons programs. The JSOW Unitary FCT program manager, Marianne Martin, conducted eight lethality and insensitive munitions tests of BROACH during a six-week period, which concluded May 21 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

Test reports on the warheads are being provided to Raytheon Systems Company, the JSOW prime contractor, to support a JSOW Unitary improved warhead cost/benefit analysis that will conclude this fall.

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