New two-stage Boeing’s air-to-air missile will fly faster and farther
WASHINGTON – At the annual conference of the Air Force Association, Air, Space and Cyberspace, the American airline Boeing presented the concept of long-range air-to-air missiles [LRAAM]. The new Boeing rocket must be much faster than its analogs and must cover longer distances, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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According to a Boeing spokesman, the company designed the LRAAM missile in response to last year’s request from the US Air Force Research Laboratory [AFRL], which said the service was interested in new missiles that would eventually replace or supplement AIM class air-to-air missiles: 120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X.
The new weapons need to fly faster and hit targets over longer distances – it is also said that the military’s priority is missiles with single-pulse rocket engines with solid fuel and innovative rocket fuel.
In response to this request, Boeing proposed the concept of a missile with a two-stage design – the LRAAM tail will lift and accelerate the missile, after which it separates and starts the engine in front of the ammunition with which the missile reaches its final destination.
It is also known that the missile will have a high degree of maneuverability in the last stage of the battle due to the reduction of resistance and weight compared to single-stage weapons of similar size.
Both stages of the rocket will look almost identical – this is done to significantly simplify the production of the rocket and generally reduce costs. It is possible that the second stage of the missile, where the warhead is located, can be used separately – in fact, this configuration allows you to use this missile as a melee weapon.
The LRAAM missile is currently being developed, the specific tactical and technical characteristics of this missile are still unknown. At the same time, it is noted that these weapons use technologies developed by Boeing for individual projects, and the concept uses new methods of digital engineering and design, which are becoming increasingly popular among US defense contractors.
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