USAF's First Hypersonic Weapon to Soon Begin Live-fire Tests from B-52H Aircraft

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  • 08:01 AM, December 5, 2022
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USAF's First Hypersonic Weapon to Soon Begin Live-fire Tests from B-52H Aircraft
B-52H Bomber to launch USAF's hypersonic missile

USAF's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), a hypersonic missile, is scheduled to be operational as early as fall 2023 and will begin live-fire testing near the end of this year.
Being considered for rapid production, the ARRW travels five times the speed of sound, giving combatant commanders the ability to hit time sensitive targets with ease.
The process of making this hypersonic weapon was expedited because of the National Defense Authentication Act section 804 Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Fielding program, which allows swift weapon development in certain cases.
Recently, Airmen from the 2nd Maintenance Group, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and civilians from the ARRW and B-52H Stratofortress Systems Programs Office validated loading procedures for what will be the B-52’s newest weapon, a USDAF release said Sunday.
By trial and error, Airmen and civilians developed the standard methods for attaching the weapon to the aircraft and unloading it.

USAF's First Hypersonic Weapon to Soon Begin Live-fire Tests from B-52H Aircraft
Air launched rapid response weapon being mounted on B-52H @USAF

“It demonstrates the far-reaching capabilities of the B-52 and now it projects its combat capabilities even further with the ARRW system,” Master Sgt. Caleb Nolen, Air Force Global Strike B-52 armament systems manager was quoted as saying.
“The FY16 [fiscal year 2016] NDAA implemented section 804 as a means for programs to quickly prototype weapons within five years, and then a determination will be made if in fact the program was successful enough to move to Rapid Production phase,” said Bret Berryhill, ARRW logistics chief.
With the validation of loading and unloading procedures the weapon can start live-fire testing and then production. The weapon is scheduled to be operational in fall 2023.

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