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US Air Force blows up a target with a cruise missile from a cargo plane

December 26, 2021

From the Defense News website

An airdropped palletized munition system is shown carrying a production long-range cruise missile with no warhead or engine immediately after being airdropped from an MC-130J, during a previous Rapid Dragon test Nov. 3. The Dec. 16 test used a cruise missile armed with a warhead this time. (U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force on Thursday destroyed a target in the Gulf of Mexico with a cruise missile launched from the back of a cargo aircraft, marking the first live-fire test of its Rapid Dragon program.

The final flight test of Rapid Dragon, which took place at the overwater test range at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, marks a step forward in the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office’s “bomb bay in a box” effort to develop a palletized munition system.

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