U.S. Navy Seeks to Integrate Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The U.S. Navy is seeking to integrate Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, according to a sources sought notice published on Jan 28.

“[U.S. Navy’s] Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), PMA-290 (Program Office for P-8A aircraft), is soliciting information from industry to determine potential contractors who have the skills, experience, qualifications, and knowledge required to perform aeromechanical and software integration of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the P-8A aircraft”, said the notice.

The integration work will have the potential to include, but not limited to, additional weapon systems such as 500 lb to 2,000 lb class of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) variants, Mk62/63/65 mines, Small Diameter Bomb (SDB-II), Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD), Bomb Rack Unit BRU-55, and Universal Armament Interface (UAI).

Engineering tasks for this effort includes, but are not limited to upgrades to the Boeing Tactical Open Mission Systems (TOMS) and Stores Management Computer (SMC) software and interfaces, test planning, execution, data reduction, and reporting on flight test efforts. The Contractor shall also support the Government in designing, modifying, installing, and maintaining the test aircraft and aircraft sub-system instrumentation.

Boeing is the original designer, developer, and manufacturer of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Due to the fact that Boeing is the only entity with sufficient technical data to perform the integration of the LRASM onto the P-8A, each interested party (other than Boeing) must include a teaming or licensing agreement (or equivalent document) signed by Boeing indicating that Boeing agrees to partner with or be a subcontractor to the interested party for the contemplated procurements.

According to the notice, the Government will review industry responses to this sources sought in order to determine whether it is appropriate to issue competitive solicitations on an unrestricted basis or pursue a sole source award.

The contemplated contract action covers a planned period of performance from January 2021 through January 2026.

P-8 Poseidon

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon is a maritime patrol aircraft developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, for the U.S. Navy. It is based on the 737-800ERX commercial airliner.

The P-8 is being operated in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction roles. It is currently armed with torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons, and is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys.

P-8A Poseidon Dropping Three Harpoon Missiles
A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft dropping three Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

LRASM

LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile developed by Lockheed Martin based on the company’s successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (AGM-158B JASSM-ER).

The stealthy missile is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in contested environments. The missile has an estimated range of 300 nmi (560 km; 350 mi) and is capable of being fired from an aircraft or a Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) onboard a ship.

The air-launched variant of LRASM achieved Early Operational Capability (EOC) on the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer strategic bomber in December 2018. This provides an early operational capability meeting the offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement. The LRASM missile achieved EOC on Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in November 2019.

AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)
The Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)



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