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Joint Flight Campaign

 

Supplemental Environmental
Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment 

 

In 2022 the Department of the Navy (Navy) and the United States Department of the Army (U.S. Army) completed an Environmental Assessment/Overseas Environmental Assessment (EA/OEA) that analyzed potential environmental impacts from launch at the Sandia National Laboratories / Kauai Test Facility Launch Pad 42 (Kaua’i, Hawaii), over-ocean vehicle flight in the Pacific Ocean, booster splashdown in the Pacific Broad Ocean Area (BOA), and payload impact in the Pacific BOA. A Finding of No Significant Impact was signed on April 14, 2022. This Supplemental Joint Flight Campaign (JFC) EA/OEA provides additional analysis for new launch locations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) and the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) for up to six joint test operations per year until 2032.

The Proposed Action is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, which has designated the Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) as one of two lead agencies for the Proposed Action. The U.S. Army has designated the U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) as the second lead agency. Together SSP and RCCTO form the joint Action Proponents for this Supplemental EA/OEA.

The Proposed Action would add potential launch and impact locations to the JFC EA/OEA selected actions of up to six flight tests per year over 10 years designed to prove various aspects of the JFC system’s capabilities. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to perform the JFC land-based test launches at PMRF and PSCA, with payload impacts in the Pacific BOA, to collect data to verify Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) performance. The Proposed Action is needed to prove that the Conventional Prompt Strike weapon system and Army LRHW system meet all key performance requirements within the capabilities of the All-Up-Round missile used by both systems. The analyzed additional Alternative consists of the two test scenarios: (1) launch from PMRF’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense launch site with payload impact in the Pacific BOA; and (2) launch from PSCA’s Area 1 or Launch Pad-2 with a payload impact in the Pacific BOA. Flight tests are designed to prove various aspects of the LRHW system’s capabilities. The LRHW launch vehicle consists of a two-stage booster system and payload known as an All-Up-Round missile. The Proposed Action entails standard ground preparations and pre-flight activities for the test at the proposed launch sites.

The Navy SSP and U.S. Army RCCTO determined that the activities associated with the Proposed Action are not expected to result in significant impacts to the environment. They also considered the No Action Alternative, as required by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations.

The Draft JFC Supplemental EA/OEA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact/Finding of No Significant Harm (FONSI/FONSH) are available at https://jfceaoea.govsupport.us. Public comments on the Draft JFC Supplemental EA/OEA and Draft FONSI/FONSH will be accepted from December 1 to December 31, 2023 and can be provided in one of the following ways: (1) Submit comments via the website by December 31, 2023; (2) Email comments to jfcftseaoea@kfs-llc.com; or (3) Mail comments, postmarked no later than December 31, 2023, to: USASMDC, ATTN: SMDC-EN (D. Fuller), P.O. Box 1500, Huntsville, AL 35807. The Draft JFC Supplemental EA/OEA and Draft FONSI/FONSH are also available at the following locations:

  •          Waimea Public Library, Waimea, HI
  • Hanapepe Public Library, Hanapepe, HI
  • Kodiak Public Library, Kodiak, AK
  • J. Loussac Public Library, Anchorage, AK