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Raytheon to research tactical missile capabilities

Raytheon is to conduct research on improving air-launched tactical missiles.

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Richard Tomkins
Master Sgt. Jerry Slattum, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with EOD Company, carefully removes a Griffin missile from its casing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 1, 2015. The Griffin is a lightweight mini missile developed by Raytheon that can be launched from air or ground. Raytheon has been contracted to conduct further research into next-generation miniaturized missiles. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Luke Hoogendam
Master Sgt. Jerry Slattum, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with EOD Company, carefully removes a Griffin missile from its casing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 1, 2015. The Griffin is a lightweight "mini" missile developed by Raytheon that can be launched from air or ground. Raytheon has been contracted to conduct further research into next-generation miniaturized missiles. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Luke Hoogendam

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Raytheon is to conduct research and development of increased capabilities for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation air-launched tactical missiles.

The Department of Defense said the $14 million contract is being awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Munitions Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and will be in force until Jan, 12, 2021.

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The "contractor will work to increase the number of missiles carried on a single sortie, increase the effectiveness of each missile, and enhance the platform survivability against all threats in an anti-access, area denial environment," it said.

According to the Pentagon, two research concepts that meet these needs are the Small Advanced Capability Missile, or SACM, and Miniature Self-Defense Munition, MSDM. The SACM will support affordable, lethal, small size and weight ordnance with advanced air frame design, while MSDM will support miniaturized weapon capabilities.

Raytheon will conduct its activities at facilities in Tucson, Ariz.

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