Raytheon and Northrop Grumman team to develop first HACM capability for US Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) has awarded contract to Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Northrop Grumman commands for the first hypersonic attack cruise missile (HACM).

The $985.34 million value-plus-fixed-fee contract also includes a performance incentive and related assignment.

Under a US Department of Defense (DoD) contract. announcementthe task order will cover the design, development and initial delivery of the HACM.

It will be based on the performance of companies at various stages, including critical analysis of HACM design, qualification, integration, production and evaluation.

The relevant work will be carried out at Raytheon’s site in Arizona, USA. It is planned to be completed by March 2027.

The new weapon system is being developed as part of a multi-year project between the US and Australia.

Also called the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), two countries concluded this agreement in 2020 to develop HACM prototypes.

As part of SCIFiRE, the US Air Force awarded a 15-month preliminary HACM project contract with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies.

Having selected the Raytheon SCIFiRE prototype, the HACM program will now implement the concept for fighter integration to deliver two legacy assets with operational utility.

Australia will also provide the test infrastructure for the initial integrated HACM flight tests as a contribution to the SCIFiRE agreement.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. C.C. Brown Jr. said, “HACM will provide our commanders with the tactical flexibility to use fighter jets to hold high-value, time-sensitive targets at risk while supporting bombers for other strategic objectives.”

The HACM, a hypersonic air jet munition, is being developed to engage high-value long-range targets in highly contested scenarios.

The development of HACM will enable the US Air Force to increase engagement with allies and partner nations and stay ahead of strategic competitors.

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