Lockheed Martin will receive a $780 million Air Force contract to build and fly prototypes of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW, pronounced Arrow). While the date of its planned first flight has not been specified, 2021 has been mentioned in press reporting, indicating that an operational hypersonic missile capability is considered a nearterm objective.
The Arrow will be a followon to Lockheed Martin’s current Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) programme being developed for the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency. A prototype of the TBG hypersonic weapon is expected to fly in 2019. In early 2018, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to develop a separate hypersonic missile for the Air Force under the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon or Hacksaw programme. David C Isby