Arms race in full swing: US will develop new missiles for F-35A


The rupture of the INF Treaty finally untied the hands of the United States to develop new types of weapons, including to equip its attack fighters. So, the US Air Force issued a development request weapons strike (SiAW) for the Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter.


As you know, the command of the US Air Force has recently been extremely concerned about improving the power of its latest aircraft - the very F-35A, about which so much the world’s media say and write.

New rocket for fifth generation fighters


Now the US Air Force is looking for potential developers and suppliers of new weapons of shock. So, an order worth $ 322,5 million was received by Northrop Grumman, which was engaged in the modernization of the AGM-88G anti-radar extended range missile (AARGM-ER).

The main task is to integrate the latest technology into SiAW - Stand In Attack Weapon. We are talking about air-to-ground strike weapons, which will allow hitting ground targets. The new missile, due to its small dimensions, will be located in the internal weapon compartments of the F-35.

SiAW will use Northrop Grumman AGM-88E, an ultra-modern Advanced Naval Guided Missile Program, which is currently in its early stages of development.

As expected in the command of the American aviationThe program will allow equipping fifth-generation aircraft, which will be part of both the Air Force and the Naval Aviation, with the latest weapons. Striking weapons will be able to hit an expanded set of targets, in addition, a guidance system with active radar homing and a universal weapon interface should be developed, as well as a message set for SiAW and F-35A aircraft.

It is worth noting that now the Pentagon is actively working to increase the coordination of the actions of the Air Force and Ground Forces, which will allow supporting each other fighter planes and self-propelled artillery units. In modern warfare, one of the main tasks is the mutual transfer of coordinates to defeat manpower, equipment, and enemy targets.

At the end of 2019, joint exercises of the US Air Force and US Army were held, which revealed a number of certain shortcomings in the interaction of aviation and artillery units. The American command wants to ensure that the detection of a target by a fighter and its destruction by artillery can take no more than ten minutes. So far, such an indicator has not been achieved, which prompted the American command to continue development in this direction.

We must respond to an arms race


It is worth noting that it was the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty that became the last “point of no return”, after which the US military command began to modernize the armed forces, including equipping aircraft with medium-range missiles.

The new arms race is in full swing, it cannot be left without the attention of our country. Russia also needs to make significant efforts to improve the potential of both the Aerospace Forces, the Ground Forces, and other types of the Armed Forces and military branches. But you cannot repeat the mistakes of the past.

“Hot times” are approaching and those states whose potential in the field of modern weapons will be approximately equal will be able to feel the greatest security. For the United States, the main opponents are Russia and China, which Washington’s new defense doctrine does not hide. It is against the two countries that the American armed forces are increasing their military power, but they can test new types of weapons on weaker opponents such as Iran.

What does this mean for our country? The need to further increase spending on defense, the functioning of the military-industrial complex and the armed forces and the search for new innovative solutions in the field of missile weapons and air defense systems. Whether the leaders of the country and the armed forces will cope with this task and whether it will be possible to solve it from a financial and technological point of view, time will tell.
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  1. eagle owl 9 January 2020 22: 42 New
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    Well, they’ve already "made" air defense
    1. Svetlana 9 January 2020 23: 23 New
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      Quote: Uhu
      Well, they’ve already "made" air defense

      They do not and do not pay much attention to air defense, their doctrine is: Attack.
      Defensive weapons do not damage the enemy and do not win the war. (This has its own homespun truth.)
      Russia does not conduct and does not plan aggressive and offensive wars and therefore is developing defense systems. Hence the best, although still not really verified, air defense
      1. thanks 10 January 2020 00: 44 New
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        Quote: Military Review * Analytics
        Arms race in full swing: US will develop new missiles for F-35A

        But ... They can’t catch Russia, no matter how russophobes on VO and on other Russian sites would like.
        1. Astronaut 10 January 2020 01: 36 New
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          Russophobes on VO and on other Russian sites.

          And who told you that IN the Russian site? If they write here in Russian, this does not mean that the site is Russian wink
          1. thanks 10 January 2020 01: 46 New
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            Hit the point!
  2. Flooding 9 January 2020 22: 46 New
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    What does this mean for our country? The need to further increase spending on defense, the operation of the military-industrial complex and the armed forces and the search for new innovative solutions in the field of missile weapons and air defense systems

    Increase defense spending? Maybe at first it would be nice to establish control over the effectiveness of existing expenses?
  3. mvg
    mvg 9 January 2020 23: 00 New
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    to equip aircraft with medium-range missiles.

    is it such a joke? it is the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty? then the news must be decrypted!
  4. jonht 10 January 2020 00: 09 New
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    The INF Treaty prohibited only medium- and short-range ground-based missiles. Aviation and sea were not banned. Strange article.
  5. Dur_mod 10 January 2020 00: 19 New
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    There is an urgent need to raise the standard of living of the population, then the people will not run away and the money will appear, but for this it is necessary to break the power system, which works only for itself, then the mythical fifth column (local authority) will not interfere with the country's development. And you need to start at home, choose the head of the house, they, along with others, the head of the microdistrict, those mayors of the district, those cities, etc. Until the authorities are afraid of their electors, nothing will happen. In France, the people are not shy about protesting against an increase of 1 euro in gas prices, a reduction in salaries and pensions and what? But the government is afraid, therefore, for the slightest violation of public morality, they immediately lose their places there, and we tighten all the belts, tighten, and how to be patient ...
    1. Avior 10 January 2020 01: 34 New
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      For an increase in the price of gasoline by 1 euro there, the Champs Elysees would be demolished
      They have a gas price of about 1,5 euros
      The increase was only 3 percent
  6. Avior 10 January 2020 00: 26 New
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    . The rupture of the INF Treaty finally untied the hands of the United States to develop new types of weapons, including equipping its attack fighters.

    The author pulls an owl on a globe
    This agreement had nothing to do with air-based missiles, so there is no connection with the development of new missiles for aviation with the agreement
    The article looks very unprofessional because of this, although most of the article is quite readable
  7. bar
    bar 10 January 2020 06: 23 New
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    What does this mean for our country? The need to further increase defense spending

    For our country, the need to put their heads to asymmetric answers, and not stupidly "further increase costs." We still won’t catch up with the US Fed printing press; we’ve tried it already, the result is known.
  8. pack 13 January 2020 12: 12 New
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    The need to further increase defense spending

    It would seem that there is an example of a scoop who also tried to fight with America.
    Life does not teach anything to people.
    1. Wanderer039 19 January 2020 05: 16 New
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      Well yes, Vietnam for example ...