雷神公司从20世纪80年代起就在寻找远程导弹的替代产品。而以现有的发射器发射两枚远程精确火力导弹的能力将给现有战术导弹系统以巨大的技术飞跃。由于目前的导弹在体积、有效载荷以及射程上都有限制，因此简单的寿命延长项目并不能满足长期的发展需要。采用一炮双发的方式较仅仅增加单发威力的改进方法更加有效而且经济。作为地对地武器，“远程精确火力”导弹项目同样引起了雷神公司其他项目组的关注。未来有可能吸收已经应用于舰载防空武器（诸如SM-3、SM-6）上应用的一些关键技术。（北方科技信息研究所 王迪） Raytheon to offer new long-range missile for U.S. Army fires requirement
Long-Range Precision Fires weapon increases affordability, speed, range and power in smaller design
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will offer a new missile design to meet the U.S. Army's Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) requirement to replace current army tactical missile system weapons.
"Our LRPF design will provide the U.S. Army with double the combat power of its ground launchers by utilizing a new design that fits two missiles in a single launcher pod -- increasing effectiveness at a fraction of the cost of the current weapon," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. "Advances in propulsion will enable LRPF to fly faster over longer distances -- approximately 500 kilometers -- to defeat fixed land targets. This is the definition of overmatch against future threats."
Raytheon will design LRPF to integrate with the M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS rocket launchers. The new missile's range and speed will provide U.S. Army combat units to engage targets over vast geographic space in a high-threat environment.About Raytheon LRPF
LRPF is intended to replace current weapon systems, increasing combat power by doubling the launch pod load-out and engaging targets at approximately 500 kilometers in a faster and more affordable way than current weapons.Two times the punch
A new Raytheon missile will double the Army's combat powerRaytheon's new Long-Range Precision Fires missile is deployed from a mobile launcher in this artist's rendering. The new missile will allow the Army to fire two munitions from a single weapons pod, making it cost-effective and doubling the existing capacity.
What do you do with an old missile? Replace it with one that's faster, stronger, cheaper to deploy and much more accurate.
Better yet: Replace it with two.
Raytheon is developing a long-range missile that will allow the Army to field twice as many missiles on its existing launch vehicles. Thin and sleek, it will fire two missiles from a single weapons pod, slashing the cost. The new missile also flies further, packs more punch and has a better guidance system than the current weapon.
“We're looking to replace a design originally from the 1980s," said Greg Haynes, a Raytheon manager leading the company’s campaign for a new long-range weapon. “Missile technology has come a long way.”
The ability to fit two Long-Range Precision Fires missiles in an existing launcher is a significant leap over existing tactical missiles.
“Since most of these were produced in the late '90s, you run into what we call ‘end of shelf life,’ where the motors and such are no longer reliable,” said former Army colonel John Weinzettle, now a program manager in Raytheon’s Advanced Missile Systems business.
An upgrade becomes even more urgent considering how quickly threats are evolving around the world. “Adversaries are already equipped with long-range weapons that could inflict substantial damage at distances beyond the Army’s striking power,” Weinzettle said.
Raytheon’s new long-range weapon will engage targets at approximately 500 kilometers. LRPF is primarily meant to attack fixed ground locations, like helicopter staging areas or hardened bunkers.
Because current missiles have restrictions in size, payload effectiveness and range, a simple life-extension program cannot address long-term threats.
Marine infantry veteran Allen Horman, now a business development manager in Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems, explained that life extension doesn’t add any more capability to the existing inventory.
“You are still stuck with the larger round and you still have single loadouts,” Horman said. “So the cost to go to a new missile and a new program to double the loadout is significantly cheaper than what people traditionally say about new starts.”
Despite being a surface-to-surface weapon, LRPF draws innovation from other Raytheon programs.
“It is very similar to a lot of the missile designs we’ve done in the shipboard and the air defense roles,” Weinzettle said, citing Standard Missile-3 and Standard Missile-6 as examples. “We are bringing technology from both of those programs to bear on LRPF.”
Drawing from experience in missile defense and precision weapons, Raytheon has developed a missile that is capable and cost-effective.
“One system can fire twice as many missiles, twice as fast, and it’s much cheaper because it uses one launcher with two missiles,” Horman said.
Last Updated: 03/21/2016