Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have been awarded separate contracts by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and demonstrate a prototype low-cost autonomous cruise missile under the ‘Gray Wolf’ science and technology demonstration programme.
The contracts derive from a broad agency announcement issued by the AFRL in March calling for the “design, development, manufacture, and testing” of low-cost, subsonic prototype-affordable cruise missiles incorporating evolved networked collaborative operations technologies to address “enemy integrated air defence [IAD] threats in highly contested environments”.
Comprising four Spiral Development phases, the Gray Wolf programme will evaluate solutions that use open architectures and a modular design to allow for rapid prototyping and spiral growth capabilities.
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