Half-sized missile doubles fighter load

Raytheon is developing a new medium-range, air-launched weapon called the Peregrine™ missile that is half the size and half the cost of today’s air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect.

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Developed to strengthen the capabilities of current fighter aircraft, the new, smaller Peregrine missile is faster and more maneuverable than legacy medium-range, air-to-air missiles, and doubles the weapons loadout on a variety of fighter platforms.

Its sophisticated, miniaturised guidance system can detect and track targets at any time of day and in any weather condition.

Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president Thomas Bussing said Peregrine would allow US and allied fighter pilots to carry more missiles into battle to maintain air dominance.

“With its advanced sensor, guidance and propulsion systems packed into a much smaller airframe, this new weapon represents a significant leap forward in air-to-air missile development,” Dr Bussing said.

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“Peregrine missile benefits from military off-the-shelf components, additive manufacturing processes and readily available materials to offer an affordable solution for countering current and emerging airborne threats.”

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