Raytheon Unveils New Smaller and Faster Peregrine Advanced Air-to-Air Missile

Raytheon Unveils New Smaller and Faster Peregrine Advanced Air-to-Air Missile
The Peregrine™ missile is a small, fast, lightweight air-to-air weapon for use against drones, manned aircraft and cruise missiles.

On Sept. 16, during the Air Force Association’s annual National Convention in Washington, Raytheon unveiled the mockup of its new Peregrine medium-range air-to-air missile

According to a statement released by Raytheon, “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, miniaturized guidance system can detect and track targets at any time of day and in any weather condition.”

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

“Peregrine will allow U.S. and allied fighter pilots to carry more missiles into battle to maintain air dominance,” said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. “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.”

The 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.

Mark Noyes, a senior manager for Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems, said during the presentation that the missile will have a multi-mode, autonomous seeker which also includes infrared imaging, a “new, high-performance propulsion system”, a blast fragmentation warhead and a “new lightweight airframe and high-performance modular control system”.

The Peregrine will use military off-the-shelf components, additive manufacturing processes and readily available materials to obtain a missile that is both lighter and cheaper than current weapons in the U.S. Armed Forces inventory. The missile is in fact expected to be about 6 feet long and to weigh 150 pounds, that is shorter and lighter than both the AIM-120 AMRAAM (which is 12 feet long and weighs about 335 pounds) and the AIM-9 Sidewinder (which is 9 feet long and weighs about 190 pounds).

According to Noyes, the new missile is designed to be carried externally by all fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft, specifying that it will fit in the F-35’s weapons bays. However, he declined to say to reporters whether it will fit also in the F-22’s weapons bays, even if in an image released by Raytheon the missile can be seen launched by an F-22 which has its weapons bays open.

Check Also

Lockheed Martin Offers F-16 Block 70/72 Fighter Jet To Ukraine

Lockheed Martin Offers F-16 Block 70/72 Fighter Jet To Ukraine

Photo by Oleksandr Naumenko / International Exhibition Center Via Ukraine Alliance Lockheed Martin, the world’s …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *