Full prototype ARRW completes first test

By Shelley K. Mesch / December 12, 2022 at 12:12 PM

The first operational prototype of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile completed a successful test from a B-52H Stratofortress, the Air Force announced Monday.

Launched Friday off the coast of Southern California, the ARRW missile reached hypersonic speeds, completed its flight path and detonated in the specified area, according to a news release from Air Force Materiel Command’s 96th Test Wing.

“The ARRW team successfully designed and tested an air-launched hypersonic missile in five years,” said Brig. Gen. Jason Bartolomei, Armament Directorate program executive officer. “I am immensely proud of the tenacity and dedication this team has shown to provide a vital capability to our warfighter.”

The all-up round test comes after two successful booster tests earlier this year, creating a pattern of success for the program. ARRW failed three booster tests in 2021.

The Air Force cut its request for ARRW procurement funds for fiscal year 2023 to focus more funding on research, development, test and evaluation.