Fifth-Generation Weapon

Although he’s generally satisfied with the range of weapons in his inventory, Air Combat Command chief Gen. William Fraser said he’s anxious to get going on a new air superiority missile. “We need to move out on … a fifth-generation weapon for our fifth-generation fighters,” in the form of the DRADM, which stands for Dual-Role Air Dominance Missile. The DRADM is supposed to deliver sharp improvement increases over the existing AIM-9 and AIM-120 dogfight missiles, particularly in the terminal phase.