Air Force aerial weapons experts looking for new designs for new long-range air-to-air missile systems

June 16, 2020
The Air Force wants ideas for lifting body missile airframe designs that depart from the tube-and-fins profile of today's air-to-air missiles.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force is asking aerospace manufacturers for experimental ideas to use in its future long-range air-to-air missile systems. FlightGlobal reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

16 June 2020 -- The ideas could be incorporated into new long-range missile designs that come after the service’s current Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and the in-development Lockheed Martin AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile.

Generally, Air Force officials say they want ideas for aerial weapons that significantly exceed the range of today's fielded systems, while minimizing flight time.

Yvette S. Weber, acting deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology, and engineering, says the service is not set on any particular technology, but released a request for information (RFI) on 4 May as part of a broad search of new long-range air-to-air missile technologies. The ideas would inform the service’s technology roadmap. Proposals from industry respondents are due by 18 June.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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