EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 18 Dec. 2015. Munitions experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. are developing a small, lightweight weapon seeker prototype to enable smart munitions to engage moving and relocatable targets during the day and at night in contested environments where Global Positioning system (GPS) satellite navigation may be unavailable.
Officials of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., announced an $8.2 million contract Thursday to the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., for this experimental seeker work.
The Air Force Research Lab awarded the contract to Lockheed Martin on behalf of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., as part of the DARPA Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program. SECTR seeks to design and demonstrate a low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) seeker prototype capable of providing day/night navigation and precision terminal homing to a weapon platform which may engage moving, relocatable and stationary targets in a contested environment where GPS may not be reliably available.
The SECTR seeker will be for use in a heavily contested environment, where laser target designation is unavailable and where continuous intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) support to the kill chain may not be available, DARPA officials explain.