BLUFThe contract starts to move the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) program out of the prototyping phase and closer to becoming an operational capability.
This article by Stephen Losey, writing for Defense News, makes the following points:
- Raytheon Technologies will develop scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise missiles.
- The HACM program will take Raytheon’s prototype design and prepare it to be integrated into a fighter aircraft for use in combat.
- HACM will be an air-launched standoff weapon that can hit high-value targets in contested environments, fired from beyond the reach of enemy air defences.
- It is hoped the HACM weapon will be ready for combat by 2027.
Recent Runway Posts related to this topic:
- Hypersonic missiles: Is the US falling behind its competitors in the new global arms race? | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- Australia opens hypersonics centre to support defence research | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
References from the Web:
- SEP 2022 Australia-US team to develop new hypersonic cruise missile—Australian Defence Magazine
- SEP 2022 Air Force selects Raytheon in $985M hypersonic cruise missile contract—Breaking Defense