Air Force awards 'Gray Wolf' networked missile contract
- By Ross Wilkers
- Dec 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin has won a five-year, $110 million contract to build prototype subsonic cruise missiles for the Air Force in efforts to advance operational technologies that collaborate via a network.
The Air Force Research Laboratory received one other bid for the Gray Wolf science and technology demonstration contract, the Defense Department said in its Monday contracts digest.
AFRL started the Gray Wolf program to identify networked collaborative operations technologies that can help defeat an enemy’s integrated air defense systems. The concept is to use the Gray Wolf missile with other weapon systems via a network.
Lockheed will design, develop, manufacture and test the prototype missiles with different payload capabilities over a series of four spiral tasks.
Those spirals also involve the identification, research and delivery of technologies to fulfill Gray Wolf’s production unit cost and mission effectiveness goals.
The company will also conduct trade studies that include research on benefits versus costs on certain capabilities.
Work will take place through Dec. 17, 2022.