US Air Force selects Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Northrop Grumman to deliver first hypersonic air-breathing missile

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TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies ( NYSE: RTX) business, in partnership with Northrop Grumman ( NYSE: NOC), has been chosen to develop the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). HACM is a first-of-its-kind weapon developed together with the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), a U.S. and Australia challenge association.

Under this contract, the Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman staff will deliver operationally prepared missiles to the USAF.

“Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to be at the forefront of hypersonic weapon and air-breathing technology development,” stated Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “With advanced threats emerging around the globe, the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile will provide our warfighters a much-needed capability.”

The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile is an air-breathing, scramjet powered munition. Scramjet engines use excessive automobile velocity to forcibly compress incoming air earlier than combustion, which allows sustained flight at hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 or larger. By touring at these speeds, hypersonic weapons, like HACM, are in a position to attain their targets extra rapidly than related conventional missiles, permitting them to doubtlessly evade defensive techniques. 

“The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile creates a new class of strategically important weapons for the U.S. military,” stated Mary Petryszyn, company vp and president, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems. “Our scramjet propulsion technology is ushering in a new era for faster, more survivable and highly capable weapons.”

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman have been working together since 2019 to develop, produce and combine Northrop Grumman’s scramjet engines onto Raytheon’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons. Their mixed efforts allow each corporations to produce air-breathing hypersonic weapons, the subsequent technology of tactical missile techniques.

About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and protection firm that gives superior techniques and providers for industrial, army and authorities clients worldwide. With 4 industry-leading companies ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the corporate delivers options that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed power, electrical propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The firm, fashioned in 2020 via the mix of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace companies, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a expertise firm, targeted on international safety and human discovery. Our pioneering options equip our clients with capabilities they want to join, advance and defend the U.S. and its allies. Driven by a shared goal to clear up our clients’ hardest issues, our 90,000 staff outline potential on daily basis. 

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