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Raytheon won a $2 billion contract to make a nuclear cruise missile.

Image Credit: Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Roidan Carlson.

On Thursday, the US company, Raytheon Technologies Corp was awarded a $2 billion contract by the US Airforce to make a nuclear cruise missile.

The nuclear cruise missiles known as long-range standoff weapon (LRSO) will be manufactured in Tucson, Arizona. Bloomberg revealed that the US Airforce plans to purchase up to 1,000 LRSOs. They will replace the Air Launched Cruise Missile which was first used in 1982. The LRSO will be carried by B-21 and B52 bombers.

This is meant to replace US old nuclear arsenal, as the Biden administration, like the previous two remain committed in modernizing cold-war era capability to deliver nuclear weapons by air, sea and land.

The LRSO is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2027, and will be paired up with a new W80-4 warhead under construction by the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The W80-4 warhead is expected to start first deliveries in 2025.

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