Rapid Dragon: the US military game-changer that could affect conventional and nuclear strategy and arms control negotiations

Airmen and riggers with the 1st Special Operations Squadron Logistics Readiness Squadron load a Rapid Dragon palletized weapon system aboard an MC-130J at Hurlburt Field, Florida in December 2021. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon Esau.) The United States Air Force recently announced the successful test of its Rapid Dragon system in a major Pacific exercise. [1] This followed an earlier successful test during an exercise in Norway in late 2022. [2]

The Air Force’s Research Laboratory says that “Rapid Dragon is a palletized munitions experimentation campaign exploring feasibility and operational advantages of airdropping long-range palletized munitions […]

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