Boeing To Design Rocket-Propelled Bomb For USAF In Concept Development Contract
12:00 AM, August 17, 2012
Boeing has been awarded a $1.4 million contract by the USAF to help design a rocket-propelled bomb for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter-bomber that can attack and destroy enemy bunkers, tunnel complexes, and other important deeply buried targets. Boeing will provide the concept development of the High Velocity Penetrating Weapon (HVPW) program, which aims at developing a 2,000-pound bunker-busting munition with solid-rocket propulsion that will give the weapon the power of a 5,000-pound gravity bomb. The High Velocity Penetrating Weapon program is a long-term initiative to develop munitions capable of reaching and destroying high-value targets buried deeply in the Earth, or protected by concrete and reinforced steel. Assisting Boeing on the weapons program are Lockheed Martin, MBDA Missile Systems and Raytheon.
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