Counter-Air Defense Improvements Program

The Counter-Air Defense (CAD) Improvements Future Naval Capability (FNC) program is developing a missile propulsion system with substantially improved kinematic capabilities for the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) and AGM-88B/C High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). This FNC will achieve this through a combination of propulsion technologies that include state-of-the-art high energy propellants, highly loaded grain design and low erosion nozzles.

The kinematic performance enhancements are focused on increasing the motor’s total impulse and optimizing its thrust profile in order to provide extended range. The highly-loaded grain/end-burning design will improve the missile’s Insensitive munitions characteristics. Improving the kinematic performance of existing anti-radiation, air-to-ground weapon systems like the AARGM and HARM, CAD will ensure that U.S. forces maintain operational superiority over anti-access/area denial capabilities of any peer competitor. The product is primarily focused on transition to an engineering change proposal for the AGM-88E AARGM. In addition, it could serve as a solid rocket motor technology demonstrator for use in any potential future missile system development effort.

Program Contact Information

Name: Kenneth Heeke

Title: Program Manager

Department: Code 35

Division: Air Warfare and Naval Weapons Applications


Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Rm. 1133
Arlington, Va. 22203

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