The us air force yesterday awarded two 900 million contracts to lockheed martin and raytheon to develop a new nuclear armed cruise missile the long range stand off weapon or lrso is meant . Post war cruise missiles shortly after world war ii the us navy tested the loon missile a modified version of the german v 1 an american design the subsonic regulus i followed in 1953 here shown in a 1961 test firing from uss halibut ssgn 587. During world war ii the us army air forces had worked on a number of cruise missile programs in march 1946 a trickle of research funding became available for the turbojet powered snark
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