Ariz., Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon
Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX)
business, in partnership with Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), has
been selected to develop the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile for
the U.S. Air Force (USAF). HACM is a first-of-its-kind weapon
developed in conjunction with the Southern Cross Integrated Flight
Research Experiment (SCIFiRE), a U.S. and Australia project arrangement.
Under this contract, the Raytheon Missiles & Defense and
Northrop Grumman team will deliver operationally ready missiles to
"Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to be at the
forefront of hypersonic weapon and air-breathing technology
development," said 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 high vehicle speed
to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion, which enables
sustained flight at hypersonic speeds – Mach 5 or greater. By
traveling at these speeds, hypersonic weapons, like HACM, are able
to reach their targets more quickly than similar traditional
missiles, allowing them to potentially evade defensive
"The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile creates a new class of
strategically important weapons for the U.S. military," said
Mary Petryszyn, corporate vice
president 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 integrate Northrop
Grumman's scramjet engines onto Raytheon's air-breathing hypersonic
weapons. Their combined efforts enable both companies to produce
air-breathing hypersonic weapons, the next generation of tactical
About Raytheon Technologies
Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides
advanced systems and services for commercial, military and
government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading
businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon
Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the
company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics,
cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics,
and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the
combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies
Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a
technology company, focused on global security and human discovery.
Our pioneering solutions equip our customers with capabilities they
need to connect, advance and protect the U.S. and its allies.
Driven by a shared purpose to solve our customers' toughest
problems, our 90,000 employees define possible every day.
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