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Conseguenze dell'acquisizione di Orbital ATK da parte di Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman, infatti, è stata selezionata come uno dei 2 concorrenti, assieme a Boeing, per la sviluppo e la realizzazione del nuovo missile balistico intercontinentale che dovrà rimpiazzare il MINUTEMAN III oggi in servizio – programma Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) – per cui l'acquisizione di Orbital ATK rafforza notevolmente le probabilità di Northrop Grumman di affermarsi in questa importantissima gara.


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Dal sito dell'AFA ...

 

The Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report outlining the challenges facing the recapitalization of the Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

 

Il documento ... https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/publication/170921_Harrison_OptionsGroundBasedLegNuclearTriad.pdf?_q2TQEeJsoYEGK0hBv.6Nm6kHAiWq2nx ...

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Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ... non servono soluzioni miracolose ...

On GBSD, No Miracles Required ...
In developing the requirements for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, the Air Force has surveyed existing technologies and likes what it sees.
The Air Force is not looking for “technology miracles” for the Minuteman III replacement, program manager Col. Heath Collins said at a Task Force 21-Minot event in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
He said his team looked long and hard at “the state of industry today,” and it has identified a lot of technology that already “meets our requirements.”
Moving the GBSD program forward, he said, will be a matter of “integrating existing technologies” rather than achieving new technical breakthroughs.
The program is taking this approach to stay ahead of the timeline and keep costs down, a strategy developed after studying the “acquisition woes” of recent Air Force development programs, Collins added.
His program office is also looking into cost savings from commonality with similar programs.
The GBSD shop has investigated links with the Navy’s Trident missile, and has also looked for parallels “from the space community” and the Missile Defense Agency.
“We will beg, steal, and borrow anything we can,” Collins admitted, in order to complete the mission with reliability, speed, and affordability.
Wilson Brissett
Fonte ... il 'Daily Report' dell'AFA del 29-09-2017 ...

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Russia’s RS-28 ICBM to be tested by end of the year

 

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An article by Kommersant on Oct. 23 suggests that Russia is preparing to test-fire the new RS-28 liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by end of the year.

 

To be tested at Plesetsk cosmodrome, a second firing is to take place within this year if the first test is successful.

Testing of the RS-28 has been repeatedly delayed.

 

http://alert5.com/2017/10/24/russias-rs-28-icbm-to-be-tested-by-end-of-the-year/

 

https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3447285

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A proposito dei problemi che hanno afflitto il 'Sarmat' ... una serie di articoli dal sito 'russianforces.org' ... http://russianforces.org/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?search=Sarmat+&IncludeBlogs=1

 

Anche il nuovo ICBM trasportato su rotaia 'Barguzin' sta affrontando parecchi problemi ... e la sua sorte non è ancora del tutto chiara ...

 

Dalla stessa fonte ... http://russianforces.org/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?search=Barguzin&IncludeBlogs=1

 

 

 

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ICBM di nuova generazione ... 
Alla ricerca di chi produrrà il successore del Minuteman III ...

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The Air Force is moving ahead with its program to replace Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles amid congressional debate about future nuclear weapons.
The service on July 16 issued an industry solicitation that will ultimately help choose which company builds the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, the new generation of ICBMs, according to a release. 
Boeing and Northrop Grumman have been refining and prototyping their missile designs under government contracts for the past two years, and the Air Force next year will pick a single contractor to provide more than 600 weapons.
The Air Force is asking for cybersecure, easily upgradeable, reliable weapons that can meet the challenges of 21st-century nuclear deterrence, and officials tout the program as a model for smart, flexible procurement.

... airforcemag.com ... Air Force Begins Final Search for Next ICBM Builder ...

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ICBM di nuova generazione ... 
Colpo di scena ... Boeing abbandona la competizione ... :woot:

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Boeing is abandoning its bid to build the next intercontinental ballistic missile amid an ongoing dispute with the Air Force about rocket propulsion. 
The Air Force had planned to choose between Boeing and Northrop Grumman to be the program’s sole contractor about a year from now.
By not bidding, Boeing is walking away from its six-decade legacy of Minuteman missile work and throws a wrench into the Air Force’s plans for a competitive selection. 
With only two vendors in the US solid rocket motor industrial base, the Air Force must now decide whether a single bidder is acceptable, or whether it must revise its request for proposals to satisfy Boeing’s objections.

... airforcemag.com ... Boeing Backs Out of Nuclear Missile Competition, Prompting USAF Choices ...

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ICBM di nuova generazione ... 🇺🇸

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Only one company is left in the running to build the next generation of nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles leading to the natural question: should the Air Force change the proposed contract to better accommodate Boeing’s concerns to ensure more fair competition or allow Northrop Grumman to go ahead ?
If the current Ground-based Strategic Deterrent program’s requirements can be met through amending the RFP without delaying the program, then we can go in that direction. 
Otherwise, as there is precedent for going with a single bidder, we should proceed with the GBSD research and development contract. 
There are in place considerable controls and requirements that assure a cost-effective ICBM will be built and deployed, protecting the American people for decades to come.
How did we get here? 
It’s simple, really. 
There were three competitors: Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. 
The Air Force whittled that down to Boeing and Northrop. 
Then Boeing, clearly worried by Northrop’s acquisition last year of Orbital ATK, which builds solid rocket motors and is reportedly still a Boeing supplier, dropped out of the program. 
So, we are left with what Boeing sees as an uncompetitive program.

 ... breakingdefense.com ..... Compete Or Not, But Go Full Steam Ahead On GBSD ...

Domanda puramente retorica ... ci sarà mai un programma militare statunitense che non sia afflitto dalla solita caterva di complicazioni ?

:scratch:

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