Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency completed a baseline design review for a tactical boost glide weapon designed to operate at hypersonic speeds and help the military stay ahead of threats.
The company said Monday the review will help establish the technical approach for the system’s critical design review, inching the platform closer to development and deployment.
The review is part of a $63M contract awarded in March in support of the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons program – a joint initiative between DARPA and the U.S. Air Force.
"We understand the urgency of the need and are working fast to deliver this advanced technology to our nation's military," said Thomas Bussing, vice president for advanced missile systems at Raytheon.
The U.S. military aims to deploy hypersonic weapons to accelerate response times in long-range engagements.