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Lockheed Eyes Operational Capability for Air-Launched Hypersonic System After Design Review Completion

Lockheed Eyes Operational Capability for Air-Launched Hypersonic System After Design Review Completion - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Lockheed Eyes Operational Capability for Air-Launched Hypersonic System After Design Review Completion - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin is slated to complete the critical design review phase for a hypersonic weapon system for the U.S. Air Force, FlightGlobal magazine reported Thursday.

Lockheed will conclude review activities for the prototype Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon ahead of an operational capability certification in fiscal year 2022.

In 2017, the Air Force issued a $780M award to Lockheed for the development of a boost-glide rocket platform capable of reaching Mach 20 or hypersonic speeds.

The service branch awarded Lockheed a $480M contract a year later to support ARRW critical design review, test and production activities. 

Lockheed tested ARRW on a Boeing-built B-52 Stratofortress subsonic bomber jet in June.

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