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Spearhead Multiplayer Demo Download
Just in case you missed it, Electronic Arts released the MOHAA Spearhead demo on Saturday. The demo engages up to 32 players in fierce combat on two different maps: Malta and Druckkammern. Experience the innovative new objective-based multiplayer Tug of War mode, as well as a host of new weapons and soldiers for both Axis and Allied forces. The retail version should hit store shelves tomorrow, November 12. Download Sites
Tactical Tomahawk Completes First Underwater Launch
Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the second demonstration test flight (DT-1) of the Raytheon-produced Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile Nov. 10 at the Naval Air Systems Command western test range complex in southern California.
"The resounding success of DT-1 and the entire test flight program demonstrates that the U.S. Navy-Raytheon team will be delivering to the war fighter a strike weapon with transformational capabilities," said Capt. Bob Novak, U.S. Navy Tomahawk All-up Round program manager.
DT-1 marks the first underwater launch of the Tactical Tomahawk missile. Launched from a fixed underwater vertical launcher off San Clemente Island, the missile flew an over-water mission on the sea test range and then flew over land to prosecute targets on the China Lake Test Range. The Tactical Tomahawk successfully met planned test objectives that included missile performance from pre-flight initialization through attack; demonstration of all flight modes, terminal maneuvers, variable dive angles and fuzing function; and Global Positioning System/Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation (GPS/DSMAC) navigation. Building on the success of the first demonstration test flight Aug. 23, the missile also successfully demonstrated GPS jamming performance, Terrain Contour Matching (TERCOM) processing, and time of arrival performance.
"We are excited to have completed this demanding flight which marks the end of the demonstration flight test phase," said Louise Francesconi, president, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz. "This major milestone allows the U.S. Navy to proceed into the technical evaluation period of the program."
Tomahawk, the surface- and submarine-launched, precision strike stand-off weapon, is the Navy's weapon of choice for critical, long-range precision strike missions against high value, heavily defended targets.
Tactical Tomahawk will incorporate innovative technologies to provide new operational capabilities while dramatically reducing acquisition and life cycle costs. Scheduled for fleet introduction in 2004, the Tactical Tomahawk will cost less than half of a newly built Block III missile and will have the capability to respond to changing battlefield conditions through the use of its loiter and mission flex features.
Air Force Investigates Potential F/A-22 Cost Overrun
Air Force officials announced Nov. 7 a potential cost overrun of up to $690 million in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the F/A-22 program.
The potential overrun appears to be related to achieving cost and schedule in the developmental phase of the program, officials said. It is not related to its technology or performance. The aircraft continues to perform superbly in all tests and remains on schedule for first aircraft delivery in 2004 and initial operational capability in 2005 as planned, according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper.
Dr. Marvin Sambur, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, has appointed a team of technical and financial experts from industry and the Air Force to investigate the matter, determine its magnitude, and recommend steps to mitigate further problems. The team, led by John Ogg, director of the engineering and technical management directorate at the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will report initial findings later this month.
"The F/A-22 is essential to America's security in the 21st century, and we will get to the bottom of this issue, " Jumper said.
Raytheon Wins Canadian Paveway II Contract
Raytheon Company has been awarded two separate competitive contracts worth a total of $17 million for Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) components by the Canadian Department of National Defence (Public Works and Government Services).
Raytheon was awarded an $11.7 million contract on Oct. 29 to manufacture and deliver more than 1,000 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb Computer Control Groups (CCG), field test equipment and load-crew training units for the Canadian National Defence Forces. Another competitive contract was awarded to Raytheon in June for $4.9 million on June 7 for the corresponding Paveway II Airfoil Groups.
The Paveway II LGB system features an onboard guidance system, the CCG, which detects and guides the unit to a target illuminated by an external laser source. The CCG samples the reflected laser energy from the target and corrects its trajectory as it glides, terminating at the target. The Airfoil Group contains a rear wing assembly that provides aerodynamic stability during flight.
The Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb continues to be the world's premier and lowest cost air-to-ground weapon system. It is deployed by most North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member nations and by countries around the world. Thirty-two nations worldwide depend on Paveway II for accurate, reliable and cost-effective target destruction.
Raytheon to Upgrade B-2 Bomber With Active Array Radar
Raytheon Company has been awarded a $22 million contract initiating the B-2 radar Pathfinder program. This is the first phase of a multiyear program that will retrofit the B-2 Bomber fleet with a new Ku Band active array radar antenna.
The effort on the B-2 radar upgrade began last year with a study contract
defining two alternatives the government could pursue to change the radar
operating frequency while remaining within the existing frequency band. The
U.S. Air Force stated it chose the AESA option because of the inherent
reliability and growth potential it offered.
Raytheon has produced airborne radar for most of the US tactical fighters
and bombers, including the AN/APQ-181 radar on the B-2. Raytheon produced the
first operational airborne AESA, which is in operation in a squadron of F-15s
in Alaska. The next-generation AESA, Raytheon's APG-79 for the F/A-18, is
scheduled for flight test in June 2003. Raytheon is also adapting AESA
technology to surveillance and reconnaissance platforms and unmanned combat
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