USA: OpFires und AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon

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Major hypersonic missile testing on the horizon
The Air Force prepares for its first booster test flight (BTF-1) of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), expected in the next 30 days.

Following delivery of the ARRW test missile to Edwards Air Force Base, California March 1, and loading on a B-52H Stratofortress, immediate work began on pre-flight ground tests and checks to obtain certification for the flight to proceed as scheduled.

“The BTF-1 test vehicle is complete and is progressing through ground testing to verify its readiness for flight. The team has successfully dealt with COVID challenges and resolved technical findings not uncommon in a first-of-a-kind weapon system. We have minimized schedule delays while maintaining a laser focus on engineering rigor. Our first BTF will happen in the next 30 days, followed by several additional booster and all-up-round test flights by the end of the year,” said Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons.
The ARRW BTF-1 will demonstrate the booster’s ability to reach operational speeds and collect other important data. In addition to booster performance, the test vehicle will also validate safe separation and controllability of the missile away from the carrier B-52H, through ignition and boost phase, all the way up to separation of a simulated glide vehicle. The simulated glider will not sustain flight, and will safely disintegrate soon after separation. The 412th Test Wing will conduct the ARRW BTF series over the Point Mugu Sea Range in California.
https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/Article ... e-horizon/

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Hypersonic Weapons:
DOD Should Clarify Roles and Responsibilities to Ensure Coordination across Development Efforts


https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-378


The First Flight Test Of The Air Force's New Hypersonic Missile Appears To Be Imminent

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... ic-missile



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President's FY 2022 Discretionary Funding Request for the Department of Defense

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releas ... f-defense/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/FY-2022- ... y-Request/
  • The President’s 2022 discretionary request includes $715 billion for DOD. The discretionary request also discontinues requests for Overseas Contingency Operations as a separate funding category, instead funding direct war costs and enduring operations in the DOD base budget, a significant budgetary reform. It:

    [...]
    • Invests in Long-Range Fire Capabilities. The safety and security of the Nation requires a strong, sustainable, and responsive mix of long-range strike capabilities. The discretionary request invests in the development and testing of hypersonic strike capabilities while enhancing existing long-range strike capabilities to bolster deterrence and improve survivability and response timelines.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/u ... equest.pdf



Department of the Air Force
Acquisition
Biennial Report 2019+2020

SCHEDULE:

ARRW warhead qualification tests on the Holloman High-speed Test Track are planned for FY21 to characterize weapon leathality at operational speeds. In addition, the ARRW Booster Flight Tests are also planned in FY21 to demonstrate the solid rocket motor at operational conditions in preparation for All-Up-Round Test Flights.
https://www.af.mil/Portals/1/documents/ ... _final.pdf


6. April 2021

ARRW booster vehicle flight test unsuccessful
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The Air Force had a setback in demonstrating its progress in hypersonic weapons April 5 when its first booster vehicle flight test encountered an issue on the aircraft and did not launch.

A B-52H Stratofortress took off over the Point Mugu Sea Range intending to fire the first booster test vehicle for the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon program. Instead, the test missile was not able to complete its launch sequence and was safely retained on the aircraft which returned here.
This would have been the eighth flight test for the ARRW program following seven captive carriage missions. Objectives for the test included demonstrating the safe release of the booster test vehicle from the B‑52H as well as assessing booster performance, booster-shroud separation, and simulated glider separation. The 419th Flight Test Squadron and the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, both here, were involved in the testing. Since the vehicle was retained, engineers and testers will be able to explore the defect and return the vehicle back to test.
https://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Di ... uccessful/

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The Army Has Finally Revealed The Range Of Its New Hypersonic Weapon
The U.S. Army has finally provided an official range for its future Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, or LRHW. This range figure notably means it would have been prohibited under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, that the United States and Russia were parties to until 2019. This disclosure also follows criticism earlier this year from a senior Air Force officer about the utility of this weapon, especially in the Pacific region.

"The Long Range Hypersonic Weapon provides a capability at a distance greater than 2,775 km," an Army spokesperson said, according to Breaking Defense. This means that the LRHW can strike targets at least 1,725 miles away. For comparison, the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) short-range ballistic missile, the longest-range ground-based missile system currently in Army service, can only reach targets out to 300 kilometers, or close to 186 miles.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... nic-weapon


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