The US Air Force has produced a handy guide for tracking the next generation of missile programmes, with a few very interesting surprises apparently tossed in to the mix. Included is a replacement for the AIM-9X Sidewinder (“small advanced capabilities missile”), which is envisioned to intercept both incoming missiles as well as other aircraft. There’s also the “next generation missile”, which appears to be the new term of choice for the dual-role air dominance missile — a single weapon for internal carriage in the F-35 and F-22 to replace the AIM-120 AMRAAM and AGM-88 HARM. And, most interestingly, there’s a timeline to integrate the first high-energy laser on a fighter, which is somewhere between mid to far term.


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4 Responses to GRAPHIC: Beyond AMRAAM, AIM-9X

  1. snogglethorpe 10 May, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    What do the upper and lower halves in each bar represent?

  2. Bjørnar Bolsøy 10 May, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Trekkies, pay attantion to the bottom item.

  3. puppethead 11 May, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Star Trek wasn’t into fighter-sized ships – that’s for us Star Wars tragics! The F-22 is the closest the defence industry has come to an A-Wing – the F-15E is probably more of a B-Wing, and the F-35 the X-Wing :)

  4. sferrin 11 May, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Bet the F-35B is first to get it. Dump the lift fan and use the space for an electrical generator powering a solidstate laser.

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