US Air Fore selects Raytheon, Northrop Grumman to deliver first hypersonic air-breathing missile

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The U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, successful concern with Northrop Grumman to make the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).

According to a property merchandise from Raytheon, HACM is simply a first-of-its-kind limb developed successful conjunction with the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), a U.S. and Australia task arrangement.

Under this contract, the Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman squad volition present operationally acceptable missiles to the USAF.

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“Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to beryllium astatine the forefront of hypersonic limb and air-breathing exertion development,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “With precocious threats emerging astir the globe, the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile volition supply our warfighters a much-needed capability.”

The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile is an air-breathing, scramjet powered munition. Scramjet engines usage precocious conveyance velocity to forcibly compress incoming aerial earlier combustion, which enables sustained formation astatine hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 oregon greater. By traveling astatine these speeds, hypersonic weapons, similar HACM, are capable to scope their targets much rapidly than akin accepted missiles, allowing them to perchance evade antiaircraft systems.

“The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile creates a caller people of strategically important weapons for the U.S. military,” said Mary Petryszyn, firm vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. “Our scramjet propulsion exertion is ushering successful a caller epoch for faster, much survivable and highly susceptible weapons.”

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman person been moving unneurotic since 2019 to develop, nutrient and integrate Northrop Grumman’s scramjet engines onto Raytheon’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons. Their combined efforts alteration some companies to nutrient air-breathing hypersonic weapons, the adjacent procreation of tactical rocket systems.