ⓘ Weapon system


ⓘ Weapon system

Weapon System was a United States Armed Forces military designation scheme for experimental weapons before they received an official name - e.g., under a military aircraft designation system. The new designator reflected the increasing complexity of weapons that required separate development of auxiliary systems or components.

In November 1949, the Air Force decided to build the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger around a fire-control system. This was "the real beginning of the weapon system approach development of a weapon "system" required development of support equipment as well as the actual hardware itself."

The first WS designation was WS-100A.

US weapon programs were often begun as numbered government specifications such as an Advanced Development Objective e.g., ADO-40 or a General Operational Requirement e.g., GOR.80, although some programs were initially identified by contractor numbers e.g., CL-282. 1

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