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The Peregrine Air-To-Air Missile Is a New Weapon, but Does Anyone Want It?

September 22, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: PeregrineMissilesAir-to-Air MissilesAir DefenseU.S. Military

The Peregrine Air-To-Air Missile Is a New Weapon, but Does Anyone Want It?

No word from the Pentagon yet.

Key point: There are always better weapons, but that doesn’t mean the military will buy them.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has taken the wraps off its new Peregrine medium-range, air-to-air missile. New Atlas reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 Sept. 2019 -- The new missile is half the size and expense of current medium air-launched missiles but has greater range and effectiveness. Designed to be used against drones, manned aircraft, and cruise missiles, it's compatible with fourth- and fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

According to Raytheon, the Peregrine air-to-air weapon is faster and more maneuverable than the present inventory of medium-range, air-to-air missiles and boasts an advanced, miniaturized sensor, guidance, and propulsion systems for detecting and tracking moving or stationary targets at any time of day and in any weather condition.

Peregrine reportedly has a multi-mode autonomous seeker that includes infrared imaging technology. There's no word yet if the U.S. Department of Defense will commit to buying the Raytheon Peregrine missile to replace or augment the AIM-9 Sidewinder and the AIM-120 AMRAAM as its air-to-air weapons.

This article by John Keller originally appeared on Military & Aerospace Electronics in 2019.

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