U.S. Defense contractor Raytheon Missile & Defense, based here in Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force, for a potential of $375 million. The order provides for the creation of a “Miniature Self-Defense Munition,” which would be groundbreaking for the aerospace industry. Concept work is expected to be completed by January 2021, with a flight-test ready missile to be functional by October 2023. The initial task order for the design was estimated to be worth $93.4 million, and 2020 saw implementation/research funding increased by $26.7 million, as reported by Pentagon officials.

This effort by the U.S. military comes after several years of jockeying for global position within the aircraft self-defense weapon sector, as rogue nations such as China and Russia have pressed to develop similar advanced missile systems of their own. Designed as an extremely agile and highly-responsive missile, the Miniature Self-Defense Munition (MSDM) constitutes a lightweight, small projectile that would be released from the aircraft by its pilot in the event of an incoming threat including an enemy aircraft, missile, anti-aircraft munitions, etc. Special consideration will be given to minimizing the payload capacity so as not to add undue weight to the platform of the aircraft as a whole. The MSDM would also be a “Hard Kill” design, eviscerating the enemy target by physically slamming into it, rather than the typical warhead explosive—this also allows for lower payload capacity, allowing the aircraft to maintain its agility in combat.

Construction will take place in Tucson, Arizona, in the facility that also houses a repertoire of Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Sidewinders, and over twenty other weapon systems frequently deployed by the U.S. armed forces.

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