A team consisting of Northrop Grumman Corporation and Miltec Corporation has received a contract for the advanced technology development phase of the US Army’s Compact Kinetic Energy Missile (CKEM) program.
CKEM is the Army’s next-generation hypervelocity missile intended for deployment from lightweight, highly mobile manned and unmanned ground vehicles. A kinetic energy weapon carries no explosive warhead, destroying its target solely through the force of impact.
Awarded by the Army’s Aviation and Missiles Command, the contract is potentially worth $71.2 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama and is expected to be complete by September 2006. The team is competing against one other contractor for an eventual system development and demonstration award.
‘This win enables Northrop Grumman and Miltec to combine their expertise to develop an outstanding capability for future Army forces: a lightweight, multimission, hypervelocity system that will prove highly lethal against armour, bunkers and fortified emplacements,” said Dr William H Forster, vice president, Northrop Grumman Land Combat Systems.
Under an existing pre-advanced technology development program, the Miltec/Northrop Grumman team will conduct a flight test in December 2003 to demonstrate hypervelocity flight of the five-foot-long, 100-pound missile with all subsystems functional.