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Raytheon wins $985M Air Force hypersonic missile contract
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Raytheon Missiles & Defense will develop and demonstrate a hypersonic missile for the United States Air Force under a new $985.3 million contract awarded on Thursday.
The contract underscores the Air Force’s focus on increasing interoperability with allies and partners to stay ahead of strategic competitors. China reportedly tested a hypersonic missile near Taiwan this summer while Russia in March claimed to have used a hypersonic missile in its invasion of Ukraine.
The defense contractor's hypersonic attack cruise missile (HACM) is an air-breathing, scramjet-powered weapon designed to reach targets faster than the traditional missile and potentially evade enemy defense systems.