Special Operations

USSOCOM looks to new munitions capabilities

23rd March 2018 - 12:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California


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At roughly the same time that USSOCOM representatives announced the intent to increase acquisition quantities of both current Griffin and GBU-69/B Small Glide Munitions, the command’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Program Executive Office for Fixed Wing (PEO-FW) has outlined plans to conduct a Capability Assessment Event (CAE) focused on future stand-off precision munitions capabilities.

Under a request for information first issued in late February and subsequently modified in mid-March, PEO-FW representatives revealed plans for a CAE to be conducted 24-26 April 2018 in Fort Walton Beach, FL, near the headquarters for Air Force Special Operations Command.

According to the announcement, PEO-FW: 'in conjunction with technical experts from government labs, program offices, and Special Operations Forces (SOF), seeks to improve Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions (SOPGM).'

Improvements are desired in a number of specific categories, including: selectable warhead explosive yield; selectable warhead shaping; technologies enabling GPS-denied operation; munitions-specific data link radio with Link-16 waveform; and low-cost seekers with semi-active ...

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