WASHINGTON, March 30 The Pentagon on Friday said
three weapons programs reported critical unit cost increases of
25 percent or more in 2011, breaching congressional thresholds
which usually trigger live-or-die reviews.
However, reviews were not needed for two of those programs
-- the AIM-9X Block I Sidewinder missile program run by Raytheon
Co, and a Boeing Co program to upgrade the
avionics of the C-130J cargo plane -- since their unit costs
rose due to Pentagon cancelation, the Pentagon said.
The third program, the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile
Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) built by Raytheon,
saw a 215.7 percent increase in costs due to the Pentagon's
decision to cut its orders for the tethered aerostats from 16
orbits to 2.