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The December 9 test marks the first complete trial of the all-up-round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).
US Air Force personnel from the Barksdale Air Force Base have taken the first steps toward implementing the Air Force’s first air-launched...
After two successful tests, the ARRW is poised to undergo all-up-round testing later this year.
ARRW’s booster ignited and achieved hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound, the US Air Force said.
This is the third known unsuccessful flight test of the AGM-183A hypersonic weapon.
The US Air Force's second AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) test on July 28 did not meet all flight objectives.
The US Air Force detonated the ARRW prototype warhead in a test that involved many firsts.
The ARRW test missile did not complete its launch sequence and remained attached to the B-52H Stratofortress bomber during the test on April 5, 2021.
The ARRW booster test flight (BTF-1) will demonstrate the booster’s ability to reach operational speeds and collect other important data.
The ARRW program is a boost-glide based hypersonic weapon, and is proceeding to flight tests after completing several captive carry trials.
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