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AGM-86E Block III CALCM Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile

The AGM-86E is reportedly a version with a range of 1350 - 1620 nm. Boeing proposed a new, extended-range version of CALCM for the Air Force's Extended Range Cruise Missile requirement.

National Forge Copany became in 2000, the Program Manager for the production contract (Ref# LM 880430146) awarded by Lockheed Martin, for 61 [plus 3 spares sold to Eglin AFB, FL] CALCM/AUP-3[M] (AGM-86D/E Block II) assemblies.

The Air Combat Command's cruise-missile acquisition plan to replace the ERCM program considered two options: a new CALCM proposed by Boeing and an extended range version of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, known as JASSM-ER, made by Lockheed Martin. JASSM-ER started development in late FY03 with congressional plus-up funds.

In early 2001 the Air Force backed away from a program called the Extended Range Cruise Missile. Under ERCM, the service had planned to purchase several hundred new weapons, to boost its inventory of precision-guided cruise missiles. The Air Force asked Congress for permission to reallocate to other accounts the $40 million that had been approved for ERCM in fiscal year 2001. The ERCM program was planned to be funded from FY01 to FY05, with funding in FY06 and FY07 was programmed for Long Range Cruise Missile (LRCM).

The Extended Range Cruise Missile (ERCM) was a FY01 New Start based on the Congressional Add in the FY01 Appropriations. Funding for FY2002 - FY2007 was moved to PE 0604328F from PE 0207323F (CALCM) for the development of the next Air Force conventional cruise missile. ERCM was a CSAF-directed effort to provide a longer range cruise missile to supplement the low conventional cruise missile inventory. An ERCM will be launched from bomber and potentially fighter aircraft and provide an adverse weather, day/night, air-to-surface, near-precision, standoff (outside theater defense) strike capability. An ERCM will provide low-risk, surprise air attacks against campaign critical targets, over a wide area, without extensive support packages, hostile territory over flight, or host nation support. An internal CSAF-directed review of all ERCM alternative was to be completed 1st Quarter FY02. A program decision was to be made by 1st Quarter FY02.

The Nuclear Posture Review, completed in December 2001, indicated that there were no plans for a follow-on nuclear ALCM. However, the NPR noted that conventional cruise missile programs (such as the Extended Range Cruise Missile) are planned that could support an accelerated timetable if necessary, but would have to be modified to carry nuclear warheads.

The requirements associated with the acquisition of the Extended Range Cruise Missiles was for additional subsonic cruise missiles as part of a new production effort beyond the current Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) replenishment program for use on the B-52H. The ERCM must be compatible with the B-52H and Common Strategic Rotary Launcher (CSRL) and be consistent with B-52H internal and external carriage requirements. The ERCM carriage and interface with the carrier aircraft will be the same as the current CALCM eight each missiles on the CSRL and six each missiles on the wing pylons. Minimal changes to existing support equipment and mission planning equipment is a program baseline.

The mission and performance requirements for the ERCM were classified. The program was to consist of an EMD phase starting in FY 01 with a two to three year period of performance with an overlapping production phase starting in FY 04 (pending planned funding availability) with initial production deliveries starting in FY 05. As of June 2000 it was anticipated to award a contract for EMD, which will contain firm fixed priced production options. A ten to fifteen year warranty wass strongly being investigated. Current maintenance concept is that the ERCM system will not require any maintenance action for 10 years after delivery of the missile.

The capabilities/responsibilities to be addressed by the respondents include the following: (a) engineering and product familiarity, production knowledge, and capabilities to design, develop, test, and fabricate to the ERCM requirements, (b) integration capabilities for all systems and subsystems with the carrier aircraft; (c) subcontract management capabilities; (d) identification of contractor methods of meeting the ERCM technical requirements especially the range, propulsion and guidance system enhancements. Total system (missile) performance responsibility will be a requirement of the contract.

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