Raytheon Company announced today it is developing a new medium-range, air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile, that is half the size and cost of today’s AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater effect. Raytheon develops the new weapon with internal funds, to maintain its dominance in the air-to-air weaponry market, after failing to win the Air Forces’ selection for the AIM-260 next-generation missile. The Air Force selected Lockheed Martin to develop the new missile to equip its 5GEN and 6GEN fighters.
Peregrine will be shorter and lighter than the AIM-260 and is positioned to become a replacement for both AIM-120 and AIM-9X, as it enhances each of those missile’s capabilities, offering more energetic, agile and flexible air-to-air capabilities to current and new generation fighters.
“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.”