Affordable weapons for the war on terror

December 10, 2002

Cruise missiles have proven themselves in combat many times since the Gulf War, but the Navy would like to drive their cost down--the ones currently in service cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has a program to use commercially-based equipment to build a "cruise-like" missile with good performance at a price ten times less than the norm. The new missile is called, appropriately, the Af-fordable Weapon.

Launched from its shipping container by a small rocket booster and powered in flight by a small turbojet engine, the Affordable Weapon is designed to carry a significant payload to a target several hundred miles away. Equipped with both line-of-sight and satellite data links, the Affordable Weapon can fly directly to its target guided by the Global Positioning System (GPS). Alternatively, it can fly to an area and loiter until a for-ward observer directs it to a target. It can also be retargeted in flight--an observer can direct it to switch to a target different from the one the weapon was originally sent to attack.

The Affordable Weapon was recently tested on desert ranges in the Western United States. All the capabili-ties needed to field it were demonstrated:


The Affordable Weapon is now ready for prototype production. The airframe will be modified slightly to carry a larger payload, which will allow it to carry an existing warhead, further saving time and development costs. The modification will also add about 200 miles to the Affordable Weapon's range. "The plan is to field 100 missiles, 80 warheads, and their shipping containers by the end of September 2003. Payloads will vary from weapons to surveillance packages," says Dr. Tom Taylor, ONR program manager.
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