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Leidos Wins $334M IDIQ to Help Air Force Develop Air-Breathing Hypersonic System

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) has won a $334 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support the development of a larger class air-breathing hypersonic system that will employ a standardized payload interface to carry out multiple missions.

A Leidos-led team will aim to design a vehicle powered by a scramjet engine and capable of traveling at a speed above Mach 5 as part of the Expendable Hypersonic Multi-mission Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Strike project, also known as Mayhem, the company said Friday.

Calspan, Draper and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (Nasdaq: KTOS) will serve on the prime contractor’s design team to coordinate with the government, private and education sectors for R&D and prototyping work.

AFRL issued a $24 million initial order that covers the system requirements and conceptual design assessment phases with a digital engineering framework.

Leidos will also be responsible for model-based systems engineering and programming efforts under the 51-month project.

The laboratory received six proposals for the contract, according to a Department of Defense announcement.

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