Rayhteon moves on to testing components for a hypersonic missile. It is called the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM).
What is known
Raytheon is working on HACM with Northrop Grumman. In September last year, the companies received a contract worth $985 million. Work on the creation and testing of a hypersonic missile will last until 2027.
Raytheon is responsible for the development of the rocket itself, Northrop will create the propulsion system. Raytheon is now moving on to “some planned ground testing.” This was stated by Nate Szyba, Program Manager.
He declined to elaborate on which HACM systems are being tested or how far along they are. At the same time, Nate Shiba emphasized that Raytheon uses its own developments from another project to create a hypersonic missile – the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC).
In early 2023, the US Department of Defense conducted a successful test HAWK. The rocket was able to develop a speed of more than 5 Machs (6174 km / h). It will go into service with the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the US Army. For the test, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber was used. The rocket was launched from a height of more than 18 km and traveled 483 km.