USAF seeks to arm C-17s, C-130s through Rapid Dragon programme

The US Air Force (USAF) is moving to quickly arm its cargo aircraft with long-range cruise missiles. The motivation is fairly clear: in a war with China, the air arm will need all the firepower it can get, as David Axe reports.

The Rapid Dragon program adds canisters of joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) to C-130s and C-17s, potentially growing by hundreds the number of cruise missiles that a regional commander could lob at enemy forces during any given operation.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.