Air-Launched Weapons

Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

16 August 2018

Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).

Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract is the second contract announced this year for the rapid development of a prototype hypersonic air-to-surface missile system. The recipient of both contracts is Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.

The ARRW – understood to be already designated by the DoD as AGM-183A – is a hypersonic air-to-surface missile solution initiative derived from the joint US Air Force (USAF)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) programme launched in 2014 to develop and demonstrate technologies to enable future air-launched, tactical-range hypersonic boost glide systems.

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