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Air Force Seeks Info on Future Hypersonic Missile Tech

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Air Force is looking for potential sources of information on systems engineering and integration requirements for an air-launched hypersonic cruise missile ahead of planned preliminary design review activities next fiscal year.

A notice posted Monday on the beta SAM website states that the Air Force is conducting market research on concepts for an open-architecture, air-breathing hypersonic weapon with solid rocket boosters intended to be launched from fighter and bomber aircraft.

The Air Force plans to select a small business with the capacity to conduct digital- and model-based engineering work to support manufacturing, testing and sustainment of the cruise missile.

According to a Flight Global report published Thursday, the Air Force previously partnered with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for a similar weapon known as the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept.

A team comprised of Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) as well as a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Aerojet Rocketdyne team submitted designs for the HAWC program.

Interested parties may submit proposals for the new hypersonics effort through May 11.

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