美空军第一型机载高超声速导弹约一年时间转入生产

美国空军杂志网站2月26日报道,在美空军协会线上举办的航空航天战研讨会上,空军装备局局长、高超项目执行官希思·柯林斯准将透露,空军在研的AGM-183A空射快速响应武器(ARRW)将在本周进行首次助推飞行试验,即全面飞行试验,在未来一年左右的时间,将转入生产阶段,这是美空军第一型机载发射高超声速武器。空军全球打击司令部战略规划、项目和需求负责人安德鲁葛巴拉少将称,空军将加紧进行飞行试验,到2022年形成作战能力。


Air Force About to Make First Hypersonic Missile Flight, After Recent Failure

Feb. 26, 2021 |By John A. Tirpak

The AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon will make its first all-up flight within the next seven days, following a recent failure of the system, hypersonics experts revealed at AFA’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The system will go into production within a year.

“We actually have hardware built and are getting ready for our first booster flight test next week,” Brig. Gen. Heath A. Collins, program executive officer for weapons and director of the Air Force’s armament directorate, said in a panel discussion.

“So, there’s real hardware coming,” he said. “We’re also getting ready to transition into production in about a year on that program, so it will be the first air-launched hypersonic weapon that the Air Force has.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew Gebara, Global Strike Command director of strategic plans, programs and requirements, confirmed Collins’ remark, saying the ARRW test will happen “imminently,” and that “we’ll have operational capability … by ’22, or two AFA Orlandos from now.”

Collins said that “earlier this year … we had a slight bump on the road in test,” but the integrated government-industry team “focused, found the flaw, fixed the flaw, [and] got a corrective action in the air in less than 30 days … That just tells you that the team is really tight.”

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