Accession Number : ADA309598

Title :   New World Vistas: Air and Space Power for the 21st Century. Munitions Volume.

Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA309598

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : The Munitions Panel identified several high payoff munition concepts that address recognized, future U.S. defense needs. The concepts are achievable within the next 1O-30 years and will significantly enhance the warfighting capabilities of the U.S. Air Force. In general, we focused on smaller, lighter, agile, more lethal, and more affordable weapons that can enhance Air Force munitions and the target strike capability of the delivery platform. Some of the enabling technologies are here, others are just around the corner, and certain key ones await fundamental breakthroughs in materials or processes. But combined with creative approaches to weaponry design, all offer crucial enhancements to the Air Force warfighting capabilities. The Munitions Panel recommendations will effectively exploit and implement the high pay off munitions concepts identified to address projected U.S. defense needs. Among the capability needs cited and weapon concepts identified are: Theater Ballistic Missile Defense; Negate Enemy C3I; Aircraft Self Defense; Stop Invading Armies; Airborne Ballistic Interceptor; Cruise Missile to Incapacitate Enemy Electronics; Self Protection Missile; and Miniature Autonomous Munitions.

Descriptors :   *MATERIEL, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *MILITARY CAPABILITIES, *AMMUNITION, *AIR FORCE PLANNING, *TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING, COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS, GLOBAL, SPACE SYSTEMS, COMBAT READINESS, AIRBORNE, PLATFORMS, CRUISE MISSILES, AIR POWER, WEAPON DELIVERY, PANEL(COMMITTEE), AIRCRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Defense Systems
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE