Boeing Unveils REVOLVER System for C-17 Aircraft

Boeing has surprised the defense sector with its revolutionary REVOLVER launcher system, designed for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. This system enables the aircraft to deploy multiple Boeing X-51A Waverider hypersonic cruise missiles, marking a significant advancement in military aviation and missile technology.

A virtual image of a C-17 Globemaster III equipped with the REVOLVER System. Source: Boeing

The REVOLVER system features two sequentially installed drums and an advanced electromagnetic catapult mechanism, allowing the rapid launch of up to 12 X-51A Waverider missiles. This design ensures precise and swift missile deployment, significantly enhancing the United States’ aerial strike capabilities.

The C-17 Globemaster III, a versatile military transport aircraft, is known for its robust performance in various missions, including troop deployment, medical evacuation, and cargo transport. Its high payload capacity and extensive range make it a critical asset for global military operations. The integration of the REVOLVER system further solidifies its role in modern military logistics and operations.

The X-51A Waverider, a hypersonic cruise missile, travels at speeds exceeding Mach 5, enabling precision strikes over long distances. Its scramjet engine allows sustained hypersonic flight, pushing the boundaries of missile technology.