In early March 2017, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program received the elite Laureate Award by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine during the publication’s 60th annual awards ceremony held March 2 in Washington, D.C.

The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is a defined near-term solution for the Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW) air-launch capability gap that will provide flexible, long-range, advanced, anti-surface capability against high-threat maritime targets. Capt. Jaime Engdahl, Precision Strike Weapons program manager, accepted the award, which recognized the program’s significant advancements as an accelerated acquisition program. Aviation Week’s Laureate Awards recognize the achievements of individuals and teams in aviation, aerospace, and defense. The finalist’s accomplishments

“embody the spirit of exploration, innovation and visions that inspire others to strive for progress, change and leadership.”

“The LRASM program is much more than just an urgent, rapid acquisition program fielding a much needed anti-ship capability,”

said Engdahl.

“It establishes the acquisition framework for many future accelerated capabilities that our warfighters need to dominate the future battle space.”

Schafer has supported LRASM since 2008 when it began as a new program idea within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Schafer continues to provide advanced weapons system development, planning and platform integration, as well as programmatic expertise in the acquisition, testing and deployment to LRASM.

“The accelerated timeline for fielding LRASM has created unique and significant challenges for the team, requiring innovation and agility in both technology development and acquisition planning. Through the sustained excellence and heroic efforts of the LDO team, LRASM was able to obtain Milestone B certification and PRR approval in 2016, on a compressed schedule unheard of in weapon systems development. Every day, Schafer’s LDO team strives to achieve their mission to be key contributors to the development and deployment of LRASM, unified in the vision of maintaining freedom of navigation around the globe. The result is continued success in achieving the goals of this critical weapon system development,”

states Schafer LDO Program Manager Don Bouchard.

Schafer’s mission is to help its customers meet and exceed goals and objectives with integrity, innovation, agility, teamwork and a commitment to excellence. These attributes are a hallmark of the services offered to Schafer’s longtime clients, such as DARPA. Schafer looks to continue to build upon its reputation as a high-end SETA provider and is honored to be supporting the continued missions within NAVAIR and DARPA.