Raytheon has been awarded a $14 million contract for the Programmable Integrated Ordnance Suite Phase II (PIOS II) in a jointly funded effort between the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.
‘In the past, there have been two traditional ways of improving thechances of destroying a target – getting closer, so that your punch has more effect, or having a bigger punch,’ said Terry Adams, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Procurement Agency project manager. ‘PIOS is a concept designed with eyes to look at the target, then deliver a more intelligently placed punch using an aimable warhead. This is exciting technology with applicationsacross a wide spectrum of missiles and is not being developed for a specific system.’
The contract will include an advanced concept technology demonstration for missile applications. The overall intent of this demonstration is to provide a feasible means to increase the lethality of missile systems, as targets become more agile and less vulnerable.
‘PIOS’s adaptive response ordnance will improve missile effectiveness significantly against a diverse target set that includes cruise missiles and unmanned combat air vehicles,’ said Don Cunard, program manager of the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate. ‘The technologies we’re pursuing support the evolution toward multi-role missile capable of air and surface target defeat.’
‘A unique feature of PIOS is its equal funding by the United States and the United Kingdom. International co-operation is one means of funding research and development where common interests are involved,’ said Scott Johnston, Raytheon’s PIOS program manager.
Raytheon has selected subcontractors representing a complete set of skills in each country.
Alliant Techsystems in the US, with Thomson-Thorn Missile Electronics and BAE Systems subsidiaries, Avionics limited and Royal Ordnance Defence in the UK make up the subcontractor team.
Also included as part of the Integrated Product Team program structure are members of the UK Defence Evaluation Research Agency and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.
The 49-month program was developed using Raytheon’s Integrated Product Development System (IPDS). Acquisition reform initiatives in the US and similar smart procurement in the UK allowed the US Air Force and UK MoD to actively participate early in the IPDS process, mitigating much of the risk inherent with multiple customers and an international environment.