The government has invited interested industry members to attend an Â€œindustry dayÂ€ on 31 October to provide feedback on the USAFÂ€™s LRSO acquisition strategy, according to a request for sources posted on FedBizOpps.gov.
With feedback from industry, the USAF is expected to craft an acquisition strategy, which it will then present to the
LRSO weapons are classified Â€œspecial accessÂ€ by the government, meaning industry members must have top secret security clearance to be involved in the project.
The weapons, which will replace the USAFÂ€™s current air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM), will be able to penetrate and survive integrated air defence systems and Â€œprosecute strategic targets in support of the
The Boeing AGM-86 family of ALCMs have been operational since 1986. They are winged missiles powered by a Williams F107 turbofan engine. They are typically launched from Boeing B-52 aircraft and use GPS receivers to strike targets, according to the USAFÂ€™s website.
After being launched, wings, tail surfaces and the engine inlet deploy from the weapon.
ALCMs can fly complex routes over terrain using a Â€œterrain contour-matching guidance system,Â€ says the USAF.
USAF budget justification documents show that more than
The USAF documents describe the LRSO as being capable of penetrating into airspace protected by an integrated air defence system from a "significant" stand off range.
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