Thursday, August 16, 2012

HVPW program moves forward

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Boeing Co. Defense, Space and Security segment in St. Louis will help the U.S. Air Force design a rocket-propelled bomb for the F-35 that can destroy enemy bunkers, tunnels and other deeply buried targets. Boeing won a $1.4 million contract earlier this month for concept development of the High Velocity Penetrating Weapon (HVPW) program to develop a 2,000-pound bomb with the punch of a 5,000-pound gravity bomb. Boeing joins a list of defense contractors working on the program, including Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md.; MBDA Missile Systems of Paris and Raytheon of Waltham, Mass. Boeing also is working on a separate bunker-busting munitions program called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. Previous on MOP (Source: Military and Aerospace Electronics, 08/16/12) Previous on HVPW