Armed Forces News

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control a $480 million contract to design and develop a second hypersonic weapon prototype. Under the contract, which was issued Aug. 13, Lockheed will provide the design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), the service said in a press release.
The system Lockheed would develop is the second of two hypersonic prototypes sought by the Air Force. The Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency, Navy and Army are also stakeholders in the project with the Air Force, under a June 28 memorandum of agreement to work together.
“We are going to go fast and leverage the best technology available to get hypersonic capability to the warfighter as soon as possible,” Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson said.