[Defense in Brief] Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Gray Wolf’ cruise missile

The Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a $110 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate to design, develop and test the Gray Wolf subsonic cruise missile.

The contract provides for the design, development, manufacture, and testing of prototype-affordable cruise missiles to advance networked collaborative operations technologies for defeat of enemy integrated air defense systems, US department of defense said in a statement Monday.

Work is expected to be completed by 2022, officials said.

“The objective of this effort is to conduct Research and Development to advance and mature affordable tactical cruise missiles employed in networked, collaborative operations in support of defeating enemy Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) in highly contested environments. The program is a spiral development effort, using open architectures and a modular design to enable testing of multiple variant full-scale prototypes,” said one report. [source]

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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