Raytheon and DARPA have completed baseline design review for the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons program, inching closer to the development of the weapon, the company announced Monday.
"We understand the urgency of the need and are working fast to deliver this advanced technology to our nation's military," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president.
Hypersonic vehicles operate at high altitude and at speeds up to five times the speed of sound. A boost glide weapon uses a rocket to accelerate its payload and achieve hypersonic speeds, before the payload separates from the rocket and glides to its target, according to Raytheon. The US military will use hypersonic weapons to engage from longer ranges with shorter response times and with greater effectiveness than current weapon systems.
Earlier this year, Raytheon received a $63 million DARPA contract to further develop the Tactical Boost Glide program, a joint effort between the agency and the US Air Force.
The Pentagon's budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 for all hypersonic-related research is $2.6 billion, including $157.4 million for hypersonic defense programs, according to a 26-page report by the Congressional Research service, sent to Congress on July 11.
Raytheon and UK Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on July 19 to join Team ARTEMIS Industry, a collaboration between government and industry formed to fast track the launch of a small satellite constellation. "In large part because of US efforts to raise the profile of military space, allies are working hard to 'close the space gap,'" said Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle, Royal Air Force chief of staff for capability
Raytheon has offered its Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar to the United States (US) army. "We offered the US Army our new LTAMDS AESA radar, and validated our ability to meet their 2022 urgent material release date,” said Tom Laliberty, Raytheon Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense
Qatar has awarded Raytheon two direct commercial sales contracts worth $2.2 Billion combined to supply Doha with AMRAAM-Extended Range missile, National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAM), and additional Patriot fire units
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is presently working on an advanced version of its first-generation, battery-powered, miniature chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC) with 1000x performance improvements for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) applications. DARPAs Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) program aims to build the next-generation atomic clock owing to the limitations of the now commercially available CSACs
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