Salem Radio Network News Tuesday, September 27, 2022

U.S.

Raytheon wins $985 million Pentagon hypersonic weapon contract -source

By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Pentagon awarded Raytheon Technologies Corp a $985 million dollar contract to develop prototypes for the hypersonic attack cruise missile, according to a source familiar with the award.

The Air Force is expected to announce the award as soon as Thursday.

Raytheon beat out Boeing and Lockheed Martin to continue its development of the weapon.

The hypersonic attack cruise missile (HACM) is an air launched hypersonic weapon that was developed in cooperation with the Australian government.

Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour.

The Air Force expects delivery in fiscal 2027.

(Reporting by Mike Stone in WashingtonEditing by Chris Reese)

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