09 Sep '17, 2pm

US Army wants to buy lightweight precision munitions fast

US Army wants to buy lightweight precision munitions fast

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is looking for ways to rapidly buy lightweight precision munitions for unmanned aircraft systems as it burns through more expensive missiles carrying out a wide variety of missions. The Army as a whole has identified a munitions shortfall as it responds to several major contingencies across multiple theaters of operation. Years of budget cuts resulting in slower munition production have also contributed to the growing shortage. In addition to stockpiling more munitions, the Army is looking at trying to come up with a scalable and tailorable inventory of munitions from developing a new long-range precision-guided missile to much smaller, less expensive ones. [Army concerned over shrinking munitions stockpile ] “We are pursuing a lightweight precision munition for unmanned systems in theater that are using a Hellfire [missile],” Col. Thomas von Esc...

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