STRATCOM chief Gen. Kevin Chilton believes that the current inventory of AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missiles can be modified “as a bridge” to last until about 2030, he said at a Washington conference Wednesday. To replace it, he thinks a follow-on, “single type” cruise missile, likely undertaken in partnership with the Navy, should be developed starting in the mid-2020s. Chilton also said that the B-52’s history—evolving from a high-altitude bomber to a low-altitude bomber and eventually to a standoff bomber—will be the pattern followed by the next long-range strike aircraft. “We ought to think about those things and plan for it in advance,” he said.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile apparently fell short of expectations, but the AIr Force isn't saying how, reporting only that the test met "several of the objectives" of the test. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control recently said he company is "ready to go" to…