Raytheon Awarded $2 Billion U.S. Air Force Contract for Nuclear Cruise Missile

Raytheon Awarded $2 Billion U.S. Air Force Contract for Nuclear Cruise Missile
Raytheon Awarded $2 Billion U.S. Air Force Contract for Nuclear Cruise Missile

Raytheon Technologies Corp. was awarded a contract worth $2 billion to develop a new nuclear cruise missile. The Air Force plans to buy up to 1,000 Long-Range Standoff Weapons to replace the Air-Launched Cruise Missile first fielded in 1982. The new weapon, if fielded, would be carried on B-52 and B-21 bombers.


This move would be the first major Biden administration action to field replacements to America’s ageing nuclear Arsenal. The long-range standoff weapon (LRSO) will be manufactured in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in February 2027, Raytheon said.

It will form the basis of a production decision later that year, the Air Force said Thursday. The missile would be paired up with a new W80-4 warhead under development by the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration.