US Air Force awards contract for the Stand-in attack weapon missile


According to information published by Northrop Grumman Corporation on June 10, 2022, the company has received a contract, with follow on options, for the development of the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) missile. The period of performance for the contract is three months, with three competitive gates for three prime contractors to validate their missile capabilities under a digital acquisition approach that emphasizes agility and innovation.

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Northrop Grumman will developp a Stand in attack weapon missile Bombardier CRJ-700 test aircraft (Picture source: Northrop Grumman)


Northrop Grumman has invested to mature and test its missile design, which meets U.S. Air Force requirements for SiAW and other programs. Harnessing in-house digital engineering capabilities, Northrop Grumman is completing preparations to launch its missile this year.

To address changing mission requirements, the solution features open architecture interfaces which will bridge current requirements with future upgrades.

During Phase 1 of the SiAW competition, the U.S. Air Force intends to align the SiAW missile system technical capabilities to the Air Combat Command requirements and to the Air Force Weapon Government Reference Architecture.

Tasks include the establishment of an integrated digital environment to design, develop, and test the initial increment of the SiAW missile system utilizing a digital engineering methodology and model-based systems engineering best practices.

The Northrop Grumman solution leverages the Navy’s AARGM-ER, engineering, and manufacturing development, low-rate initial production and integration work on the F-35 aircraft.


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