Raytheon was awarded the “job order” for the Hypersonic Assault Cruise Missile that requires weapon system design, growth and preliminary supply anticipated to be accomplished by March 2027.
The HACM, which has been co-developed with the Pentagon’s Protection Superior Analysis Initiatives Company, will use air-breathing propulsion to succeed in 5 instances the velocity of sound. It will likely be the Air Drive’s second hypersonic missile after Lockheed’s ARRW, which is a hypersonic weapon that’s boosted into the environment after which glides to its goal.
Air Drive officers have indicated that the HACM is perhaps used on each fighters and bombers, with one official saying a B-52 bomber probably might carry as many as 20, in accordance with a report by the Congressional Analysis Service.
Not less than eight hypersonic weapons are in growth, the service mentioned.
Russia mentioned in February that it had test-fired a hypersonic missile, sending a message to the US and NATO allies simply earlier than its invasion of Ukraine. Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu has asserted that hypersonic weapons will make up the core of Russia’s non-nuclear deterrence functionality sooner or later. The US says Russia has deployed its Avangard Hypersonic Glide Automobile and its Tsirkon hypersonic anti-ship and land-attack missile.
China is investing closely in hypersonic weapons as properly, placing one in orbit final yr that flew 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) in additional than 100 minutes of flight, in accordance with the highest US nuclear commander.
Russia and China are capable of press forward on new weapons with out the oversight by lawmakers and the general public that may sluggish testing and deployment underneath the Pentagon’s acquisition system.