The award is named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry and recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
Precision Strike Association (PSA) is pleased to announce that Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control/U.S. Army Joint Attack Munition Systems HELLFIRE II Team have won its William J. Perry Award. The award will be presented by Dr. Paul Kaminski-Director, Defense Science Board, on behalf of Dr. Bill Perry, at PSA’s Annual Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-13) March 19-20, 2013, in Springfield, VA
The award is named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry (1994-1997) and recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team. The recipient's contributions must lead to the strengthening of national security by a direct application of precision strike capabilities to a Department of Defense system or enhance the industrial technology base for application to precision strike technology, according to award guidelines.
At an urgent, strategic time in our nation’s history, the joint Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Air-to-Ground Missile Systems Heliborne Laser Fire-&-Forget Missile System (HELLFIRE)/U.S. Army Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) program team provided exemplary technical, schedule, and cost performance to meet the vital needs of our warfighters, according to PSA.
The team increased its production rate by five times; incorporated time-sensitive performance enhancements; identified and implemented corrective action for supply chain issues; and met constantly changing warfighter demands with multiple product variants. All of these elements contributed to cost reductions of 6.5% over the course of three years.
The HELLFIRE program’s performance resulted in an aggressive production rate increase, from less than 200 to more than 500 missiles per month. The team incorporates performance enhancements requested by the Warfighters, providing multiple variants for different missions. A corrective action process addresses supply chain issues, and the team has achieved overall cost reductions of 6.5% over the course of three years.
The HELLFIRE II missile has been successfully integrated with a variety of aircraft and weapon systems. HELLFIRE II has been integrated on these rotary-wing platforms:
- AH-1W/Z Cobra – U.S. Marine Corps
- AH-64 Apache – U.S. Army
- MD-500 Defender – International
- SH-60 Seahawk – U.S. Navy
- MH-60 Black Hawk – U.S. Army
- OH-58 Kiowa Warrior – U.S. Army
- UH-1 Upgrades – All U.S. Services
- Eurocopter Tiger – International
- Agusta – International
HELLFIRE II has been integrated on these fixed -wing platforms:
- KC-130J Harvest Hawk – U.S. Marine Corps
- AC-208 Combat Caravan – International
- MC-130W Dragon Spear – U.S. Air Force
- AT-6 – Underway
HELLFIRE II has been integrated on these remotely piloted aircraft:
- MQ-1A Predator - U.S. Air Force
- MQ-1C Grey Eagle - U.S. Army
- MQ-9 Reaper - U.S. Air Force
HELLFIRE II can also be launched from vehicles, tripods, and boats. It is mature, robust, and combat-proven. HELLFIRE II’s multi-mission tactical missile system defeats a wide array of targets. Its modular construction enables technology upgrades and continuous improvement. HELLFIRE has also been fielded with 19 allied nations through Foreign Military Sales and Direct Commercial Sales.
For more information, email info(at)precisionstrike(dot)org or visit http://www.precisionstrike.org/PSA_Awards.htm about the award or http://www.precisionstrike.org/Events/3PPR/3PPR.html about the two-day event.
About The Precision Strike Association (PSA): The Precision Strike Association is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association. PSA is a world-class organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of precision engagement concepts and technologies. The Association focuses on DoD's Kill Chain by supporting the development of systems that find, fix, track, target, attack, and assess hard and soft targets. PSA is a coalition of military, government, academic and industrial subject matter experts and organized as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.