Raytheon and Northop win $1 billion hypersonic missile contract

The The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Raytheon and Northrop Grumman a $985 million contract to supply hypersonic cruise missiles with a ramjet engine.

Contract for HACM (Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile) includes all processes up to the delivery of ready-to-use prototypes to the US Air Force.

“Hypersonic Strike Cruise Missile Creates New Class of Strategically Important Weapon for US Armed Forces”, Mary Petryshyn, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Defense Systems, was quoted by Raytheon Press. liberation from September 23, 2022

The project also includes the Australian military as part of the Southern Cross Partnership for Flight Integrated Research Experiment (SCIFiRE) program.

In 2021At SCIFiRE, the US Air Force commissioned Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to develop preliminary designs for a hypersonic cruise missile.

Now, tThe Raytheon project will be refined and integrated for use on existing fighter jets, according to a US Air Force press release explains.

The release also indicates that HACM is expected to reach operational capability by 2027.

The HACM is one of many hypersonic missiles currently under development by the US military. In its 2023 budget, the US Department of Defense significantly increased funding various research and development programs, one of which is the development of hypersonic missiles areas that were prioritized.

Hypersonic flight refers for flying at five times the speed of sound or more. “Traveling at these speeds, hypersonic weapons such as the HACM able to reach their targets faster than similar conventional missiles, allowing them to potentially evade defense systems,” explained Raytheon.

https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/32233-raytheon-northrop-win-1b-contract-for-hypersonic-missiles Raytheon and Northop win $1 billion hypersonic missile contract

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