Pentagon's No. 1 weapons supplier, Lockheed Martin Corp., received a $ 988.8 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for the next-generation hypersonic weapons system, the Department of Defense said Monday from United States.
The modification of the previously awarded contract covers the critical review of the design, testing and preparation for the production of the ARRW [Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon] program.
The ARRW is one of the two rapid creation efforts of prototypes of hypersonic weapons of the Air Force.
The development of these concepts of hypersonic weapons launched from the air shows that the Air Force remains at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology and is prepared to reach the early operational capacity for fiscal year 2022.
The contract modification will define the terms, specifications and price of the contract. The work will be done in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed on December 31, 2022.
Last summer it was reported that the US Air Force. UU. And the Lockheed Martin in flight successfully tested the AGM-183A Airborne Rapid Response Weapon on the B-52 Stratofortress of the service outside the Edwards Air Force Base, California, in June 12, 2019.
He also added that solid experience in high-speed flights has positioned Lockheed Martin to be an industry leader in hypersonic technology, providing the most mature and cost-effective solutions to address the growing threats in the field of global security.
Lockheed Martin has played an important role in the research, development and demonstration of hypersonic technologies for more than 30 years. The corporation has made significant investments in key technology and capacity development, including hypersonic attack capabilities and defense systems against emerging hypersonic threats, and is firmly committed to supporting the US government. UU. In the development of these technologies.