US Air Force unveils “MUTANT” missile that can twist in air, change direction faster

Source: Fox News

“The U.S. Air Force last week unveiled a new missile system that will have more maneuverability to change direction in the air and strike targets faster. The new articulating missiles were developed through the USAF’s Missile Utility Transformation via Articulated Nose Technology (MUTANT) project. The concept of missile articulation dates as far back as the 1950s, but wasn’t possible until the rise of modern technology. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) showed how the new ‘MUTANT’ missiles would work during a demonstration at the Air & Space Forces Association’s Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, last week. AFRL says it has developed an electronically-controlled actuation system comprising electromagnetic motors, bearings, gears, and structure. A ‘composite skin’ structure will protect the actuation components from the environment while maintaining a smoother outer mold line, or ‘OML.'” (03/15/23)