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AFGSC Chief: Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon to Be Fitted WIth B-1 Bomber

AFGSC Chief: Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon to Be Fitted WIth B-1 Bomber

Gen. Timothy Ray, chief of the Air Force Global Strike Command, has confirmed that the air-launched rapid response weapon is the preferred near-term hypersonic weapon for the B-1 bomber.

During a recent interview, Ray said the AFGSC will incorporate external pylons to the B-1 to enable it to mount six ARRW missiles, in addition to other internal stand-off missiles.

Citing the mutual agreement between the AFGSC and the Air Combat Command for the selection of ARRW, Ray said the second option, the hypersonic air-breathing weapon concept, will be under consideration for future use, the Air Force Magazine reported.

Ray added that fitting the B-1 with ARRW allows AFGSC to pursue its hypersonic mission faster.

In addition, Ray said that the arsenal plane concept likely refers to a new, clean-sheet approach to a platform capable of affordably and rapidly addressing the Air Force’s gap in terms of long-range strike capabilities.  

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