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Boeing Lands $71M DARPA Contract for Glide Breaker Program’s Phase 2

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has secured a potential $70.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to perform work under the second phase of the Glide Breaker program.

DARPA launched a competitive acquisition for the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in accordance with the original broad agency announcement and is obligating $8.2 million using research and development funds for fiscal year 2023, the Department of Defense said Friday.

Work will occur in Alabama, California, Missouri, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Indiana and Minnesota through February 2027.

In April 2022, DARPA sought proposals for the program’s Phase 2, which aims to execute wind tunnel and flight testing to investigate jet interaction effects on a kill vehicle for hypersonic defense.

The Glide Breaker program seeks to counter hypersonic vehicles using a divert and attitude control system-propelled kill vehicle that could be launched from an Aegis MK-41 Vertical Launch System to intercept hypersonic threats during glide phase, according to the BAA document.

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