Air Force seeking countermeasure capabilities for Sentinel nuclear missile system

By Shelley K. Mesch / April 13, 2023 at 10:08 AM

The Air Force is seeking what it's calling Next Generation Countermeasures for its current and future reentry vehicles for the LGM-35A Sentinel nuclear missile system, according to an online posting from the service.

The request for information itself is classified as secret, but the post says key attributes could include “enhancements in accuracy, lethality, survivability etc.”

An acquisition and contract strategy has not yet been defined, according to the post, and neither has the number of potential contracts.

The request comes just weeks after the release of the service’s fiscal year 2024 budget, which included $15.5 million to begin early acquisition activities for the Next Generation Reentry Vehicle.

The NGRV would be fielded after the Mk21A reentry vehicle that is already in development for which the service requested $459.9 million in FY-24.