News

Hard.Copy - 29 August 1997

ARTICLE CITATIONS GATHERED FROM COMMERCIALLY PUBLISHED JOURNALS AND NEWSLETTERS.


DoD Pushes Appropriators To Restore JASSM Funds.
Aerospace Daily, Aug 25, 1997, p 296
The Pentagon is appealing to Senate and House appropriators to 
reconsider their funding decisions concerning JASSM for the FY98 
defense bill.

Army Gets Old Polaris Motors For NMD Program Use. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 27, 1997, p 307
The Army has received twelve sets of Polaris solid rocket motors for 
use in the NMD program. The transfer of these motors from Scotland 
have been in the works for two years and will be used for the 
Strategic Targets System.

DOD Says House's 2001 IOC For Navy Upper Tier Is Impossible. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 27, 1997, p 309
A House defense authorization provision mandating IOC for the Navy 
Upper Tier missile defense system in 2001 is not feasible technically 
or programmatically, according to the DoD.

Lavochkin Offers Kick Stages For Soyuz, Proton And SS-18. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 28, 1997, pp 316-317
Lavochkin Science and Production Association is offering new kick 
stages to boost the lift capacity of the Proton launcher which will 
enable the SS-18 ICBM to serve as a medium-lift launch vehicle.

Advanced Technologies Key To Future Naval Aviation, NRC Reports. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 27, 1997, p 315
According to the NRC the Navy will rely much more on advanced 
technologies for improving naval aviation performance. The NRC also 
predicts that stealth aircraft design will continue to be a need for 
protection against proliferating air defenses.

Russia Reveals New Version Of SA-10. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 26, 1997, p 303
A Russian consortium of developers and producers of air defense 
systems have demonstrated an upgraded version of the SA-10 
antiaircraft missile. This system is said to have increased efficiency 
against theater ballistic missiles and features a new radar. This new 
system is also reportedly capable of detonating both a warhead and any 
fuel remaining in the tanks of an engaged enemy missile.

Fifth THAAD Test Delayed To Allow For IMU Replacement. 
Aerospace Daily, Aug 27, 1997, pp 305-306
BMDO and the Army have postponed the fifth intercept test of THAAD so 
that the IMU can be replaced.

BMDO, DSTO Plan September Tests In Australia. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, pp 281-282
BMDO and Australia's DSTO are planning joint missile detection tests 
in September. The project is called DUNDEE, Down Under Early Warning 
Experiment. The sensors used in the experiment include the Jindalee 
over-the-horizon radar; the Steeltrap relocatable high frequency radar 
with OTH capability; and various satellites, including the Mid-Course 
Space Experiment.

Laser Communications Project Moves Toward Flight Test. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, pp 286-287
The Laser Communications program is expecting a July 1998 flight test. 
The program will be the first experiment to use more than a 
one-gigabit per second data rate to and from an orbiting lasercom 
terminal.

Sword: Concept For Last-Ditch Missile Defense. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, p 287
Sword is a radar and missile system proposed for development that 
could be a defense against cruise missile, short-range TBMs and 
protecting proposed NMD radar sites.

KE ASAT Ready For Next Steps. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, p 288
After a successful 8/12/97 test, the KineticEnergy Anti-Satellite kill 
vehicle is being readined for air-bearing testing. Air bearing testing 
will demonstrate closed-loop attitude control of the system with the 
integrated hardware and software while tracking a target. The kill 
vehicle is the critical part of the KE ASAT, and successful tests are 
designed to reduce risks associated with future flight tests.

Arrow Malfunctions, Terminated In Flight Test. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, p 282
An Arrow-2 anti-tactical ballistic missile malfunctioned during an 
intercept flight test 8/22/97. Article briefly discusses Arrow Weapon 
system and missile threat to Israel.

Clementine II Could Finish Clementine I's Job. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, p 284
Planning for a second Clementine small satellite mission has already 
begun. The planning for Clementine II is aimed both at defining the 
mission's objectives and considering how to apply some of the 
management lessons learned from Clementine I.

BMDO Moves Toward Next Phase Of NMD. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, pp 284-285
BMDO issued the RFP for the next phase of the Lead System Integrator 
contract on 8/14/97, just three days after Acting UndSecDef (A&T) 
Longuemare approved the NMD program acquisition strategy. Lockheed 
Martin, Raytheon and TRW are operating as the joint venture United 
Missile Defense Inc., and are competing against Boeing NA as the final 
LSI contractor.

Navy Examines Hypersonic Cruise Missile. 
BMD Monitor, Aug 22, 1997, pp 285-286
The Navy is considering the development of a hypersonic cruise missile 
to be introduced around 2010. The missile is planned with a speed of 
between Mach 4 and Mach 8, and a range of between 400 - 800 miles.

Anderson: Aerostat Is Part Of Cruise Missile Defense Solution. 
Defense Daily. Brian Shannon, Aug 25, 1997, pp 323-324
The Army's Aerostat airborne surveillance program is part of the 
solution to the threat of cruise missile attacks. The Army envisions 
Aerostat as a tethered balloon equipped with sensors that would fly at 
altitudes between 10,000 and 15,000 feet.

US Needs More Computing Power To Maintain Aging Nukes. 
Defense Daily. Bryan Bender, Aug 21, 1997, pp 307-308
According to recently declassified government documents released this 
week, the DOE needs more computing capabilities to effectively 
maintain its aging stockpile of nuclear weapons.

DoD: Hellfire Cut Will Increase Costs. 
Defense Daily. Brian Shannon, Aug 22, 1997, p 315
According to the Pentagon's Comptroller, the deletion of $51.4m in 
funding for the Army's Hellfire missile program will increase 
production costs.

IG: Lack Of Funding Hurt Missile Readiness. 
Defense Daily, Aug 27, 1997, p 338
According to a recent audit report by the DoD Inspector General, Army 
Missile Command was unable to maintain the minimum readiness of some 
missiles needed by forces because of a lack of funding. The IG 
reviewed 8 missile systems: the Avenger, the Tube-Launched, 
Optically-Tracked Wired Guided Missile System, the Multiple Launch 
Rocket System, the Stinger, the Light and Special Division Interim 
Sensor System, the Hellfire, the Patriot, and the Hawk. Report title: 
Transition of Army Missile Acquisition Programs From Program 
Management Offices To Commodity Commands.

Aerospatiale, Kongsberg Strike Missile Development Deal. 
Defense Daily. Vago Muradian, Aug 26, 1997, pp 326-327
France's Aerospatiale and Norway's Kongsberg have teamed to 
cooperatively develop a stealth-like anti-ship missile for the Royal 
Norwegian Navy and market it internationally. The New Surface Missile 
(NSM) should complete development in 2003.

JASSM Funding Cut May Bring Added Costs. 
Defense News. Mark Walsh, Aug 25, 1997, pp 4, 21
A $96m cut in funding for JASSM could cost the DoD a considerable 
amount of money in contract termination fees and delay fielding of the 
weapon.

Arrow Falls Back To Earth: 
Test Malfunction Shows Missile Is Not Invincible. 
Defense News. Jeff Erlich; Steve Rodan, Aug 25, 1997, pp 3, 21
The fifth test of the Arrow II missile defense system failed, 
following two successful tests. This US-Israeli program was so 
successful initially, there was even thought that it could supplant 
THAAD.

Navy Wants Ideas On Launching Tactical Missiles From Subs. 
Inside the Pentagon, Aug 21, 1997, p 9
The Navy office responsible for developing submarine-launched missiles 
wants ideas from industry for innovative approaches for launching 
missiles from nuclear submarines.

US, Russia Reach Agreement On Missile Defense Demarcation-Again. 
Inside the Pentagon. Douglas Berenson, Aug 28, 1997, pp 5-6
The US and Russia reached an agreement on a deal that would set out 
guidelines for the testing and deployment of theater ballistic missile 
defense systems under the ABM Treaty.

Joint Missile Defense Office Plans Massive Technology Demo In 2002. 
Inside the Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Aug 28, 1997, pp 13-14
JTAMDO has its sights on the year 2002, when it plans to sponsor a 
demonstration of defense technologies integrated into a unified 
system. This "single integrated air picture" (SIAP) will be seen as 
easily from an Aegis cruiser as from an Air Force aircraft.

Panel Highlights Info Warfare, Automation, Modeling & Simulation: 
Research Council Cites Critical Naval Technologies For War In 2035. 
Inside the Pentagon. Douglas Berenson, Aug 28, 1997, pp 15-16
According to a newly released report by the NRC, the Navy needs to 
plan and implement aggressive programs for the future. The report 
cites a number of technology areas that will become increasingly 
important. Among these are unmanned aerial and submarine vehicles, 
information superiority, high-fidelity modeling and simulation, and 
cooperative engagement capability. The study also believes the Navy 
must develop a family of land attack missiles.

As 'Master Plan' Comes Together: Joint Theater Defense Office Aims To 
Channel Service Funds This Fall. 
Inside the Pentagon. Elaine M. Grossman, Aug 28, 1997, pp 1, 12-13
The Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Organization (JTAMDO) is 
close to finishing its final draft of the master plan. The plan will 
channel service investments toward key sensor and interceptor systems 
and the connectivity between them. Details of the master plan remain 
confidential because it includes descriptions of sensitive 
technologies and systems. The master plan does include the JTAMD 
mission statement, threat assessment, and US capabilities assessment. 

USA Steps Up Missile Control In Central Europe. 
Jane's Defence Weekly, Aug 27, 1997, p 6
The USA is talking to Bulgaria, Slovakia and "a number of other 
countries" about eliminating the 'Category One' missiles under the 
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the State Department has 
said. Category One missiles are capable of delivering a 500kg payload 
at a range of 300km. In this category Bulgaria and Slovakia have SS-1 
Scud launchers. Bulgaria also has eight SS-23 launchers. The USA has 
purchased Hungary's inventory of Scud Bs to help reduce missile 
proliferation in Central Europe.