#NavyAnswers: Anti-ship Cruise Missiles

In a recent all hands call the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens called upon the fleet for questions. This topic, written by Rear Adm. Mathias Winter, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, is one of many in a series of blogs that answers the questions posed by the fleet during the event.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks crewmembers aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Winn/Released)

QUESTION: When will the Navy acquire a modern anti-ship cruise missile?

ANSWER: “The Navy currently has several efforts underway to develop and procure advanced Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) missiles to complement the current Harpoon Block 1C and Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) Anti-Surface Warfare capability inventory.
In 2013, the DoN will provide the fleet an initial operational capability of the air-launched Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 (JSOW), a survivable stand-off weapon able to engage moving maritime targets via receipt of In-flight Target Updates (IFTUs).
In 2017, the DoN is scheduled to provide to the Fleet the Harpoon II+, the U.S. Navy’s air-launched implementation of the Harpoon Block II currently fielded to foreign partners.
Additionally, the DoN is pursuing approval to initiate a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) that can leverage the existing Tomahawk Weapons System (TWS) and surface launch platforms, with maritime moving-target capability. Upon approval, the goal is to have a successful demonstration and fielded capability within 42 months.
The DoN is in the early stages of developing an air and surface launched Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) weapon in order to meet the long term challenges of emerging future threats.  The OASuW weapon system will provide a flexible, long-range, advanced ASuW capability able to engage moving maritime targets in a complex adversary environment. The DoN is targeting an initial operational capability to the Fleet of the OASuW Weapon System beginning in the early 2020′s.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Harpoon anti-ship missile during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise. U.S. Navy Photo (Released)