Lockheed Martin officials rolled out a new strike weapon program for defense reporters visiting the company’s Orlando Missiles and Fire Control facility Wednesday, touting the Low Cost Miniature Cruise Missile as the “mini-JASSM.” Fielding a 1,000-pound, 100 nautical mile plus loiter time standoff weapon (with a 750 nautical mile range) inside the F-22 Raptor’s internal weapons bay could easily dispense with tactical targets in the opening hours of a conflict, said Lockheed’s Jim Pappafotis—head of the company’s strike weapons division. Looking at a 2008 advanced concept demonstration date, Pappafotis said the weapon’s viability has already been tested on a test bed at Holloman AFB, N.M. The LCMCM is about 144 inches to the JASSM’s 168 inches, said Pappafotis, adding that the weapon can attack moving and fixed targets with a smaller and more lethal warhead as well as multiple guided sub munitions.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.