Lockheed Martin US Air Force ARRW Hypersonic Weapon Test Flight
Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force have successfully launched the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic from a B-52H Stratofortress. This marks ARRW’s (Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon) fourth successful test flight and shows the weapon’s ability to reach and withstand operational hypersonic speeds, while collecting crucial data for use in further flight tests.

This test also validate safe separation from the aircraft to deliver the glide body and warhead to designated targets from significant standoff distances. Additional booster and all-up-round test flights are planned throughout 2022, before reaching Early Operational Capability (EOC) by 2023. In other news, we’ve yet to figure out what DARPA’s XS-1 Phantom Express space plane is doing.

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The ARRW rapid prototyping program used Section 804 authorities provided by Congress to significantly accelerate the development and test of this system, without sacrificing engineering rigor. The tightly integrated Lockheed Martin and government team achieved speed with discipline by focusing on a common vision of providing combatant commanders a survivable rapid response strike capability as early as possible,” said Marya Bard, U.S. Air Force ARRW program director.

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