Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile
Origin: United States of America
ATK Alliant Techsystems and Lockheed Martin
Parent System: SLIRBM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2010
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Submarine Launched Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (SLIRBM) is a two-stage, solid-propellant ballistic missile to be used against time-critical targets all over the world such as terrorist organizations. The US Navy awarded a 16-month developmental contract on solid rocket technology to Lockheed Martin and ATK in July 2005. The purpose of that contract is to demonstrate the affordability of such a weapon and its suitability for the US Navy's Guided Missile Submarines (SSGN).
The US Navy's SLIRBM requirements call for a weapon capable of delivering a conventional payload at ranges of more than 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) within 10-15 minutes after launch. The SSGNs will gain through the SLIRBM a no-notice prompt global strike capability.
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