Sidewinder Mission Optimized Kinematic Enhancement Program
The Sidewinder Mission Optimized Kinematic Enhancement (SMOKE) Future Naval Capability (FNC) is developing missile propulsion, warhead and related subsystems for the improved kinematic performance and lethality of future advanced air-to-air missiles. To achieve this, the FNC is developing and integrating three advanced propulsion technologies: two-pulse end burning rocket motor, high-efficiency warhead and multi-function integrated energetic safety device. Many of the technologies being matured in this FNC are the fruits of Office of Naval Research investment in a joint-service propulsion program known as Integrated High-Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology.
The kinematic and lethality performance enhancements are focused on improving the no-escape range and time-to-target. By improving the kinematic performance of emerging air-to-air systems over existing capabilities, SMOKE will ensure the U.S. warfighter maintains the tactical edge in air-to-air engagements against any peer competitor.
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