U.S. Navy plans competition for next-generation missile

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it planned to launch an open competition around fiscal 2017 for a next-generation missile, seeking to reassure weapons makers they still have prospects after a separate deal with Lockheed Martin Corp for 90 air-launched missiles sparked a formal protest. Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley told reporters the Lockheed program was limited in scope and the future, bigger missile development program would be open to all potential bidders. That is 100 percent competition,” he said after a hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee’s seapower and projection forces subcommittee. Stackley defended the Pentagon’s decision to order 90 long-range anti-ship missiles from Lockheed that were developed under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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