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'Extremely aggressive’ schedule set for next phase of ARRW hypersonic weapons testing

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The schedule for the next round of flight tests for the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) is “extremely aggressive” as the Pentagon races to field new hypersonic missiles to keep pace with China, according to a Lockheed Martin official. Lockheed has been developing the system for the Air Force as part of a rapid prototyping program to give the service greater ability to destroy high-value, time-sensitive targets and heavily…

Air Force still fleshing out acquisition strategy for NGAD robotic wingmen

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The Air Force is making progress with its next-generation fighter jet but is still fleshing out its acquisition strategy for the robotic wingmen that will accompany them into battle. Plans for the highly classified Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) initiative include a new manned stealth fighter that would team with new autonomous drones or “collaborative combat aircraft” (CCA) when they go into battle. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall recently revealed that…