Raytheon has disclosed details of the development of a new, compact supersonic medium-range air-to-air missile (AAM) that, it says, is faster and more manoeuvrable than legacy medium-range AAMs.
Primarily an internally-funded initiative, Peregrine is being developed as a day/night all-weather high-load out effector to address future air dominance threats, including unmanned air systems, manned aircraft and cruise missiles.
"Peregrine is able to capitalise on the range and autonomous search capability of the [AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile radar-guided] AMRAAM and the manoeuvrability of our AIM-9X Sidewinder [short-range imaging infrared homing AAM]. Mark Noyes, Business Development Executive, Air Warfare Systems, at Raytheon Missile Systems told Jane's . However, we see Peregrine as complementary to, and not replacing, that portfolio of air dominance effectors, to keep it relevant for decades to come."
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