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Air Force Wants Open Tech for Ballistic Missile System Modernization

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The U.S. Air Force is seeking open technologies to replace the service’s ageing intercontinental ballistic missile systems, Defense Systems reported Wednesday.

Joey Cheng writes the Air Force issued a broad agency announcement in search for ground-based strategic deterrence technologies to upgrade its ICBM weapon system based on Minuteman III specifications.

The Air Force also wants to assess the state of the ICBM command and control system through a 12-month study and identify future technology requirements, according to the report.

Defense Systems reports the BAA calls for an open architecture-based thrust vector system that is applicable to a three-stage ICBM launch vehicle.

Cheng writes the Air Force also plans to incorporate instrumentation and telemetry systems into its Flight Safety System/Range Tracking system.

The Air Force is accepting responses until Sept. 20, the report says.

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