The Air Force is expressing interest in a robust, adverse-terrain manned ground vehicle that could be air-dropped by C-130 or C-17 transports or large helicopters into a threat area, then driven to recover isolated personnel and equipment, and subsequently used to maneuver back to friendly territory or a point of extraction by aircraft. In a notice issued to industry Oct. 9 seeking information, the service calls this concept the Guardian Angel air-deployable rescue vehicle, or GAARV, and says it potentially envisions fielding up to 96 of them. The vehicle must be capable of accommodating four crew members, two patients, plus supplies, and have an operational range of at least 100 miles when traveling at speeds of 35 miles per hour. The Air Force plans to host a GAARV industry day in the first week of November in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…