More Dual-Role Missile Work Eyed

The Air Force Research Lab wants to move forward in maturing key components for its joint dual-role air dominance missile (JDRADM), an air-launched weapon concept that the lab envisions as deadly against “extremely agile air targets” as well as ground-based enemy air defenses. According to a broad agency announcement issued last month, AFRL seeks proposals for a JDRADM technology demonstration that focuses on improving missile range and on guidance integrated fuzing, and warheads. Under the first phase of this effort, AFRL may pick two contractors to refine their missile concepts and conduct preliminary testing. Phase 2 would likely involve only one contractor and focus on concept refinement and some flight testing. AFRL said the challenge is to find a low-cost solution for this type of missile. No dates are provided in the solicitation for periods of performance. Boeing has already been working under Air Force sponsorship to mature JDRADM-related fuse technology and warhead components.