Monday, February 26, 2024

House appropriators want to cut Air Force’s hypersonic weapon procurement

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is recommending cutting spending to the procurement of the U.S. Air Force’s long-range, lethal hypersonic weapon, according to Inside Defense.

All told, appropriators propose to cut the hypersonic boost-glide weapon procurement budget by $44 million in the fiscal year 2022.

The Inside Defense reported that the recommended reduction is equal to approximately four Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) missiles, per the report accompanying the House Armed Services defense subcommittee’s mark-up of the fiscal year 2022 defense bill.

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The ARRW program is a rapid prototyping project aimed at delivering a conventional hypersonic weapons capability to the Warfighter in the early 2020s. The weapon system is designed to provide combatant commanders the capability to destroy high-value, time-sensitive targets.

ARRW will also expand precision-strike weapon systems’ capabilities by enabling rapid response strikes against heavily defended land targets.

Hypersonic weapons provide a survivable and affordable capability that will overcome distance in contested environments using high speed, altitude and maneuverability. They amplify many of the enduring attributes of airpower – speed, range, flexibility and precision.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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