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US Air Force begins flight tests of a prototype hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW

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US Air Force begins flight tests of a prototype hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW

The first prototype of the American promising hypersonic aeroballistic missile ARRW (Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon) is prepared for independent flight. According to Flightglobal, the first flight of the rocket should take place before March 7, 2021.


According to the publication, the prototype AGM-183A ARRW is completely ready, during the first flight the operation of the accelerator will be checked. Previously, a rocket mockup took part in the tests. In June 2019, the first flight tests of hypersonic warheads with the AGM-183A ARRW air launch system took place.

The AGM-183A ARRW rocket is being created in response to similar developments in Russia and China. The first to be armed with a hypersonic missile will be the B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers (four missiles for one strategist).

Details of the development have not been disclosed, it is known that the rocket will be able to reach speeds of up to Mach 6,5 - 8, will receive a solid-fuel engine and a detachable hypersonic gliding warhead with a nuclear or high-explosive part.

Work on a new rocket started in 2018 as part of a contract between the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to create an ARRW hypersonic missile (Weapon rapid response airborne). The agreement includes a critical review of the ARRW project, support for testing and preparation of the complex for production.

At the end of 2020, it was reported that work was progressing on schedule, the rocket should be ready in 2021, and the initial operational readiness by 2022.
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  1. Cowbra
    Cowbra 4 March 2021 12: 00
    -4
    Place your bets, gentlemen - will it be more epic than the F-35? laughing
    If you follow the model previously used in the invention of the "peremog" in the Pentagon, then they will be tested, and even brought to hypersound. Then they will pretend that they only remembered the control unit now, and therefore they will say that control is not needed for hypersonic weapons, and again spreading cranberry gardens will begin, about "the best" and "unparalleled." Well, actually, as usual, as with the Zamwalts, for example
    1. bayard
      bayard 4 March 2021 23: 26
      -1
      In vain you are ironic, there is nothing difficult and critically impossible in such an aeroballistic missile, so it is likely that by 2022 this weapon will appear in service.
      And this is a serious threat. Moreover, such or similar missiles are planned to be suspended under the F-15EX. The enemy must be taken seriously.
      Another thing is that a small glider (the warhead of this missile) will not fit into a small glider for a conventional explosive.
      So there will be a low-power nuclear charge.
      And this makes you take a closer look at this product.
  2. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 4 March 2021 12: 06
    +2
    When the Dagger was shown, there were a bunch of articles on what is and what is not ... In the end, is it a BR or a GP - a rocket with a ramjet engine?
    1. Temples
      Temples 4 March 2021 12: 12
      -1
      Quote: Zaurbek
      there were a bunch of articles on what is and what is not ... In the end ...


      What is GP? repeat
      1. Zaurbek
        Zaurbek 4 March 2021 12: 18
        0
        Hypersound ...
    2. Kalmar
      Kalmar 4 March 2021 15: 29
      +3
      Quote: Zaurbek
      In the end, is it a BR or GP - a ramjet rocket?

      There is a feeling that the term "hypersonic" will soon become a la "GMO-free": they will stick to any product that can overcome even for a moment the cherished 5M - otherwise they will not sell to the customer)
    3. bayard
      bayard 4 March 2021 23: 29
      +1
      Quote: Zaurbek
      ..In the end, is it a BR or GP - a ramjet rocket?

      This is an aeroballistic rocket with a solid-propellant engine - the same as on the "Dagger".
      In practice, this is an analogue of our "Dagger", but with a warhead in the form of a hypersonic glider.
      Let's see how the tests will go and only then we will draw conclusions. There are a lot of questions about this product, especially about its warhead.
  3. carstorm 11
    carstorm 11 4 March 2021 12: 06
    +3
    Is she in the photo? She reminds me of something externally)
    1. The eye of the crying
      The eye of the crying 4 March 2021 12: 48
      0
      Quote: carstorm 11
      She reminds me of something externally)


      SRAM?
      1. carstorm 11
        carstorm 11 4 March 2021 12: 51
        +5
        Well no.
        everything is much simpler.
        1. The eye of the crying
          The eye of the crying 4 March 2021 12: 52
          -2
          The dagger also looks like SRAM smile
          1. carstorm 11
            carstorm 11 4 March 2021 12: 54
            -1
            Perhaps if her range is 10 times and the speed is raised twice) but the external similarity is touching)
            1. The eye of the crying
              The eye of the crying 4 March 2021 12: 56
              -1
              You spoke about the external similarity. And so yes, SRAM flew not far. But he is 40 years older.
              1. carstorm 11
                carstorm 11 4 March 2021 12: 57
                0
                So I wrote so) just when the dagger showed how much criticism there was) curiously the same rain will fall from the experts)))
            2. Kalmar
              Kalmar 4 March 2021 15: 31
              +1
              Quote: carstorm 11
              but the resemblance is touching)

              Similar tasks dictate similar solutions. All BRs (including aeroballistic ones) are more or less similar to each other.
            3. bayard
              bayard 4 March 2021 23: 33
              -1
              Quote: carstorm 11
              Perhaps if her range is 10 times and the speed is raised twice) but the external similarity is touching)

              Their range is about the same, and so is the dimension. The "Dagger" has up to 2000 km. , but this is due to the fact that it starts at high altitude with a carrier speed of 2500 km / h, and the Americans start from a subsonic carrier and from a lower altitude, therefore, the range is declared at 1600 km.
              But on the other hand, on the B-52, they will be able to bring them very far.
              1. carstorm 11
                carstorm 11 4 March 2021 23: 44
                -1
                Range we talked about SRAM)
                1. bayard
                  bayard 5 March 2021 00: 00
                  -1
                  Well, how can a daughter not be like a mother?
                  1. carstorm 11
                    carstorm 11 5 March 2021 00: 49
                    +1
                    Well, this is understandable)))) it is simply surprising that they decided to go the same way in essence. The only difference is in the glider, although I still don't understand why it is needed there.
                    1. bayard
                      bayard 5 March 2021 03: 19
                      -2
                      Quote: carstorm 11
                      Well, this is understandable)))) it is simply surprising that they decided to go the same way in essence.

                      Why reinvent the wheel? The laws of aerodynamics have not changed, the laws of physics are still the same. Especially if there is absolutely no time for experiments. And for the United States, this is how things stand - they missed the rearmament of their army, missed a turn, and so they are catching up. Fortunately, they have enough reserves.
                      But by 2022, they may well get such a missile into service.
                      Quote: carstorm 11
                      The only difference is in the glider, although I still don't understand why it is needed there.

                      Firstly, it is a detachable warhead, and secondly, it maneuvers at hypersonic and high supersonic speeds. It is very difficult to hit such a target. And it's very hard to find.
                      But there is also a conditional minus - this glider is very small and you can place very little of an ordinary explosive there. So it is not effective in high-explosive equipment.
                      But in a nuclear (low-power nuclear charge), this is a very serious argument.
                      1. carstorm 11
                        carstorm 11 5 March 2021 07: 19
                        +1
                        I understand why she is on the Vanguard. And here a bunch of resources on the warhead are quite minimal in size. What's the point? How much is she carrying? Kg 200? It is unrealistic to knock down a dagger with the whole carcass, why a detachable glider?
                      2. bayard
                        bayard 5 March 2021 08: 02
                        -2
                        Quote: carstorm 11
                        How much is she carrying? Kg 200?

                        Judging by the size, God forbid that a kilogram of 20 BB would fit.
                        So it is rational to use only in the nuclear version.
                        If the glider is not fake.
                      3. carstorm 11
                        carstorm 11 5 March 2021 08: 12
                        0
                        Here I am about the same ... why should it be ..
  • Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 4 March 2021 12: 10
    +3
    The fact that the Americans will nevertheless create hypersonic missiles, in principle, is beyond doubt, the main thing here is timing, but it is important for Russia to take the next step - protection against hypersonic systems, which in the foreseeable future will be put into service in the United States and NATO.
    1. bayard
      bayard 4 March 2021 23: 36
      0
      Quote: Alexey-74
      Well, it is important for Russia to take the next step - protection against hypersonic systems, which in the foreseeable future will be adopted by both the United States and NATO.

      The S-400 and S-500 complexes were designed for just such types of targets, because the Americans threatened at one time to create something similar by the beginning or middle of the "noughties".
      And the latest modifications of the S-300 were capable of this.
  • Ka-52
    Ka-52 4 March 2021 12: 11
    +7
    Details of the development have not been disclosed, it is known that the rocket will be able to reach speeds of up to Mach 6,5 - 8, will receive a solid-fuel engine and a detachable hypersonic gliding warhead with a nuclear or high-explosive part.

    It's a pity that the memory did not retain the details of that heated discussion in which admirers of the American military-industrial complex so fiercely argued to me that such a technology (in the case of the Vanguard) is all fairy tales of Russian propaganda. And now the American military-industrial complex is developing the same scheme (accelerator + combat gliding unit), following in our footsteps. Either cartoons turned out to be so infectious, or technologically it is still possible winked
    1. bayard
      bayard 4 March 2021 23: 41
      -2
      Quote: Ka-52
      Either cartoons turned out to be so infectious, or technologically it is still possible

      Yes, there is nothing particularly outstanding in such missiles - aeroballistic missiles were in service with both the United States (on the B-1B) and the USSR (on the Tu-22M3 - X-15). True, the range was then smaller, the speed was slightly lower, and the dimensions were more modest. But they included:
      - in V-1V - 12 pcs on two intra-fuselage drums),
      - in Tu-22M3 - 6 pieces in the weapon compartment.
      Now everything has become more brutal.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 5 March 2021 00: 03
        -3
        Quote: bayard
        Yes, there is nothing particularly outstanding in such missiles -

        Pure water marketing. "Hypersonic" missiles that we have, that the United States has been in service for a long time, both countries know how to shoot them down. It's just a beautiful word. Everything sounds more impressive: Nazi Germany bombed London with FAU-2 hypersonic missiles. Not curved-oblique FAU-2, but hypersonic!
        That really everyone is waiting for the scramjet, so it will give a qualitatively different level. But in any case, it will cost horse money and there will be very little of them.
        Ultimately, as the subsonic missiles were the main strike means, they will remain.
        1. bayard
          bayard 5 March 2021 00: 13
          +1
          Quote: OgnennyiKotik
          Ultimately, as the subsonic missiles were the main strike means, they will remain.

          Of course, in terms of the price / quality / efficiency ratio, thanks to the low-rise profile with relief bending, they will always be more massive.
          But all the same, suppressing air defense, hitting headquarters and other priority targets will be these - hypersonic. And after that, Calibers \ Axes will go to break through the infrastructure.
        2. Ka-52
          Ka-52 5 March 2021 04: 36
          +1
          "Hypersonic" missiles that we have, that the United States has long been in service, both countries know how to shoot them down.

          what nonsense. Akin to "T-34 and T-90, well, in principle, one and the same in terms of armor penetration."
      2. Ka-52
        Ka-52 5 March 2021 04: 33
        +1
        Yes, there is nothing particularly outstanding in such missiles - aeroballistic missiles were in service with both the United States (on the B-1V) and the USSR (on the Tu-22M3 - X-15)

        you write about completely different things. In any case, with the Vanguard. In addition to the aeroballistic flight trajectory of the upper stage, they have nothing in common.
        1. bayard
          bayard 5 March 2021 04: 44
          -1
          I did not write anything about the relationship between Avangard and the American product. But if we recognize the relationship of the American glider (small and suitable only for nuclear warheads), which is the warhead of the American missile, with our strategic and VERY heavy Avangard, then it would be VERY RUDE to agree with this.
          I pointed out the relationship of the American aeroballistic missile with similar missiles of previous years. Only hypersonic no one called them.
          1. Ka-52
            Ka-52 5 March 2021 05: 32
            0
            I pointed out the relationship of the American aeroballistic missile with similar missiles of previous years. Nobody called them hypersonic.
            .


            That's exactly what I'm talking about. The X-15 (which is the American AGM-69A SRAM) can be compared with the Vanguard only in terms of flight. on the boost section (even without taking into account the speed and altitude characteristics). Further differences begin. X-15 and AGM-69A SRAM are single-body missiles, inside the first there is a dual-mode solid propellant-160 and 150 kg warhead and homing missiles, depending on the purpose. The trajectory is changed due to the taxiing planes when pre-targeting.
            The vanguard has detachable planning unit... Which is capable of making evolutions both in direction and in speed (since it has its own power plant).
            And the materials are different. The X-15 is a titanium tube and the Vanguard (block) is a composite body.
  • voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 4 March 2021 12: 40
    +2
    Dagger Blend (tactical air launch BR)
    with Vanguard (separating planning warhead).
    1. slipped
      slipped 4 March 2021 12: 57
      +3
      Quote: voyaka uh
      Dagger Blend (tactical air launch BR)
      with Vanguard (separating planning warhead).


      It does not even reach the Dagger, that speed developed 10 swings. Especially before the Vanguard. And why a "planning warhead" on a tactical missile is unclear.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 4 March 2021 14: 33
        +2
        The dagger was not designed from scratch - they took a heavy Iskander with a non-detachable warhead and hung it under the plane.
        Cheap and cheerful. good
        Here design from scratch. The rocket is light, and the warhead is detachable.

        Planning block? - for the same as that of the Vanguard - a non-ballistic trajectory.
        Harder to shoot down.
        1. slipped
          slipped 4 March 2021 15: 42
          +2
          Quote: voyaka uh
          The dagger was not designed from scratch - they took a heavy Iskander with a non-detachable warhead and hung it under the plane.


          We took part of the Iskander missile - it's not heavy.

          Quote: voyaka uh
          Cheap and cheerful. good


          Effectively. They know how.

          Quote: voyaka uh
          Here design from scratch. The rocket is light, and the warhead is detachable.


          Here I am about the same - what for goat accordion?

          Quote: voyaka uh
          Planning block? - for the same as the Vanguard - non-ballistic trajectory. Harder to shoot down.


          Those. their rocket cannot fly along a quasi-ballistic trajectory and is used only as an accelerator. Instead, they use a gliding unit with a SPVRD with a small, apparently, warhead.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 4 March 2021 15: 48
            +1
            A quasi-ballistic trajectory is simply a flatter, sub-optimal
            for flight, but a ballistic (computed) trajectory.
            In the middle (main) stage, Iskander does not maneuver.
            Only on takeoff. And a correction at the terminal site.

            Israeli Laura has the same quasi-ballistic trajectory as
            at Iskander. And the Americans will undoubtedly have it.
            1. slipped
              slipped 4 March 2021 15: 56
              +3
              Quote: voyaka uh
              In the middle (main) stage, Iskander does not maneuver, only on takeoff.


              The Dagger has no "takeoff". It has already been dispersed in front of the separation.

              Quote: voyaka uh
              And a correction at the terminal site.


              Maneuvers entirely, without separating anything.
              1. voyaka uh
                voyaka uh 4 March 2021 16: 10
                0
                "The Dagger has no" takeoff ". It has already been dispersed before the separation" ///
                ----
                It is overclocked, that's right, it is still there during takeoff.
                The dagger, after separation, makes a candle from 10 to 50 km,
                leaving on its quasi-ballistic trajectory.
                Further - exactly like Iskander's. Astro correction, and over the goal -
                almost straight down. And the final correction with an active radar.
                In the last kilometers. When the speed drops from braking by atmosphere
                to supersonic.
                1. slipped
                  slipped 4 March 2021 18: 23
                  +2
                  Quote: voyaka uh
                  It is overclocked, that's right, it is still there during takeoff.
                  The dagger, after separation, makes a candle from 10 to 50 km,
                  leaving on its quasi-ballistic trajectory.


                  It can be launched from an altitude of more than 20 km. laughing

                  Quote: voyaka uh
                  almost straight down.


                  Completely not dividing and half a ton warhead.
                  1. bayard
                    bayard 4 March 2021 23: 57
                    -2
                    Quote: slipped
                    It can be launched from an altitude of more than 20 km.

                    The officially declared launch altitude is 17 km. this is probably the optimum separation height.
                    Quote: slipped
                    Completely not dividing and half a ton warhead.

                    But this is more a minus than a plus. With the timely separation of the warhead, it does not lose so much in speed, the EPR of the separated warhead is less than the entire rocket by an order of magnitude \ orders, and finally for the enemy's air defense / missile defense there is more hemorrhoid with selection, because both the warhead and the already empty rocket are flying, and if its undermining (after the separation of the warhead), then a whole cloud of debris / targets.
                    With a massive raid / salvo, the situation will be even more aggravated, for there will be a cloud of real and false targets in the sky.
                    During the "Desert Storm" American "Patriots" often hit not the warhead, but the empty missile of the Iraqis, because the mark from the large flying barrel is much larger and brighter.
                    1. slipped
                      slipped 5 March 2021 02: 52
                      +1
                      Quote: bayard
                      The officially declared launch altitude is 17 km. this is probably the optimum separation height.


                      well, if you think so, then probably laughing

                      Quote: bayard
                      During the "Desert Storm" American "Patriots" often hit not the warhead, but the empty missile of the Iraqis, because the mark from the large flying barrel is much larger and brighter.


                      at that time there were no such missiles as the Iskander and even more so as the Dagger.
                      1. bayard
                        bayard 5 March 2021 03: 27
                        -1
                        Quote: slipped
                        Quote: bayard
                        The officially declared launch altitude is 17 km. this is probably the optimum separation height.


                        well, if you think so, then probably

                        What are we laughing at, citizen?
                        The launch altitude is officially declared - 17 km.
                        Is it funny?
                        Or do you think that it is possible and higher?
                        It is possible, the carrier, in principle, allows. But most likely the optimal height of the sand is precisely the height of 17 km.
                        And I don't think so.
                        Quote: slipped
                        at that time there were no such missiles as the Iskander and even more so as the Dagger.

                        Iraq does not have them now.
                        So what ?
                        Or do you think that it is more difficult to hit an undivided missile (with a warhead)?
                        "Iskander" maneuvers, but "Patriot" and to this day the banal "Scud" takes with difficulty.
      2. bayard
        bayard 4 March 2021 23: 46
        -2
        Quote: slipped
        It does not even reach the Dagger, that speed developed 10 swings.

        Subtract Mach 2 from the speed of the "Dagger" (the difference between the starting speed from the carrier) and get the same 8M. After all, an American rocket not only starts at a lower speed, but also from a lower altitude.
        Dagger - from 17 km.
        American counterpart from about 10 km. (maybe from 12 km.).
        This is solid physics.
        1. slipped
          slipped 5 March 2021 02: 53
          +1
          Quote: bayard
          Subtract Mach 2 from the speed of the "Dagger"


          but there it is not necessary to subtract 2 swings, there, on the contrary, it is necessary to add laughing

          it is strange that you are discussing an American missile as if it already exists. Developer?
          1. bayard
            bayard 5 March 2021 03: 30
            -1
            Quote: slipped
            it is strange that you are discussing an American missile as if it already exists. Developer?

            Air Defense soldier.
            And I studied physics well.
            I see missiles like these as my legitimate targets.
  • Andre___86
    Andre___86 4 March 2021 12: 43
    -3
    Norm, as always, the Yankees quickly swayed in the place where they are inferior and, in a year or two, they will have these missiles a couple of hundred, or even thousands. And we have a couple dozen)))
    1. Quadro
      Quadro 4 March 2021 14: 21
      0
      Go pray before the American flag.
      1. Andre___86
        Andre___86 4 March 2021 21: 05
        -1
        Not going to. It's just that their military-industrial complex is geared towards making a profit. There is a demand - get an offer. The candy wrappers will print. But it is already clear that we ourselves opened Pandora's box, for which we will not have time later.
    2. bk0010
      bk0010 4 March 2021 21: 01
      0
      Fast? The X-15 was made back in 1980.
  • Ros 56
    Ros 56 4 March 2021 12: 47
    +1
    It will not work, we are not to blame. stop
  • CastroRuiz
    CastroRuiz 4 March 2021 13: 39
    +1
    Kak to bistro poluchilas eta kvazibalisticheskaya raketa u nich.
    Nu posmotrim kak poletit "Kinzhalskiy". :)
  • Old26
    Old26 4 March 2021 14: 17
    +3
    Quote: Ka-52
    And now the American military-industrial complex is developing the same scheme (accelerator + combat gliding unit), following in our footsteps.

    In fact, the "Dagger", like the "Iskander", has a non-detachable warhead. So the scheme is still somewhat different.