Air-Launched Weapons

First captive carriage flight test for AGM-183A ARRW

24 June 2019

The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, conducted the first captive carriage flight test of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon on a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, on 12 June.

“A sensor-only version of the ARRW prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data. The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft,” the USAF said in a statement. “The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test.

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