HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Dynetics has been awarded a $470 million contract to increase production levels of the GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command. (USSOCOM).
In August 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Rapid Acquisition Cell awarded Dynetics a $93 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for up to 900 SGMs. As a result of early operation success as well as a recent directive by the Secretary of Defense to maximize munition production, USSOCOM has awarded this supplemental contract to meet this objective which will provide for the production of up to 1,000 SGMs per year as well as support for testing, training, fielding and employment.
The SGM, was initially evaluated as part of a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between Dynetics and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Program Executive Office - Fixed Wing. Outstanding results obtained under the CRADA, along with further USSOCOM funded flight evaluations, led to the establishment of a USSOCOM acquisition decision memorandum issued in 2015 to "expeditiously complete development, integration, test and fielding of a Small Glide Munition capability for the AC-130W, AC-130J and other Special Operations Forces platforms."
The entire system development, qualification, integration, testing and fielding of the SGM was accomplished under a highly accelerated schedule. USSOCOM conducted formal operational testing and evaluation of the SGM in mid-2016, with approval for fielding occurring spring 2017.
According to USSOCOM, "The rapid fielding of the SGM has transformed the operational capability profiles of deployed USSOCOM assets by tripling munitions lethality effects over existing USSOCOM munitions. The inclusion of SGM on USSOCOM aircraft allows for precision strike and massed fires where previous engagements were limited. In addition, Dynetics' SGM design has led to a substantial decrease in visual and audible signature over current USSOCOM munitions. As a result, USSOCOM leverages the SGM as a force multiplier within the Special Operations aviation community in support of operations in multiple theaters. The reliability, extended range, reduced signature, and maneuverability of the weapon make it a highly effective and sought after munition."
"We're excited about the growth this contract offers Dynetics. SGM has already impacted Dynetics' growth with increased in employment as well as the development of new facilities. This contract will help facilitate our progression in the weapon systems industry, leveraging our agility as a growing defense company as well as our willingness to invest in areas that we know are of vital importance to our nation's defense," said David King, Dynetics chief executive officer.
The USSOCOM/Dynetics SGM Team was recognized as a 2018 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Awardwinner in the defense weapons category for outstanding program execution earlier this year. Dynetics continues to work with closely with USSOCOM and other industry partners to develop and test leading-edge munition technology that can quickly and affordably be integrated into SGM to deliver even more capability to the warfighter.
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