Raytheon has made public its brand new Peregrine medium range air-to-air missile, which is both half the size and cost of the current medium ranged air interception missiles, and on top of it all, it has enhanced range and effetiveness aswell.Designed for use against drones, manned aircraft and cruise missiles alike, it is compatible with the fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft.
Raytheon says that the Peregrine is faster and more maneuverable as compared to the current lineup of medium range, air-to-air missiles and features an advanced, miniaturized sensor and guidance system for detecting and tracking stationary or moving targets at any given time of the day and in any weather condition, and also posseses a smaller propulsion system.
Another innovative aspect of the Peregrine is that, it is made up of a combination of off the shelf and 3D printed parts, that reduce its cost significantly. At a mere 6 ft/1.8 m length and a weight of only 68 kgs, it is compatible with the already in use launching gear, which means that any fighter armed with Peregrine can carry twice as many missiles.
Raytheon hasnt made public any further facts about the Peregrine’s capabilities, specifications, price and production time.
According to Dr. Thomas Bussing, Ratheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president, ” Peregrine will allow US and allied fighter pilots to carry more missiles into battle to maintain air dominance”, and “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.”
Source : RAYTHEON