The US Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, on a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on June 12, 2019, at Edwards AFB, Calif. Air Force photo.
The Air Force on June 12 conducted the first flight test of a new
hypersonic weapon, carrying the prototype on a B-52 out of Edwards
AFB, Calif. The base released a video of the test on June 17.
Video by Edwards Air Force Base via YouTube.
The sensor-only version of the AGM-183 Air-Launched Rapid
Response Weapon (ARRW) was carried externally on the B-52 to evaluate
the drag and wind impacts on the weapon itself.
The ARRW was not
launched during the flight, which is an early test in a series of data
collection events needed to develop the weapon system, according to an
Air Force release.
The service expects it to reach early operational capability by fiscal 2022, though Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for
acquisition, has acknowledged this is an “aggressive schedule.”
to this flight test on time highlights the amazing work of our
acquisition workforce and our partnership with Lockheed Martin and other
industry partners,” he said.
The rapid prototyping effort on the weapon
began with a
$928 million contract to Lockheed for the ARRW and the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon last April.
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