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Soon the air breathing hypersonic missiles will be included in the US arsenal.  

According to press releases issued by the defense corporations on Friday, Raytheon Technologies in collaboration with Northrop Grumman Corporation  have been officially selected by the U.S. Air Force to work on the development of the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM).

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. said on Thursday, “HACM is a powerful example of developing and integrating combat capabilities alongside our partners from the beginning.HACM will provide our commanders with tactical flexibility to employ fighters to hold high-value, time-sensitive targets at risk while maintaining bombers for other strategic targets.”

The first-of-its-kind missile is the dream child of Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment(SCIFiRE), a joint US and Australian research 

The U.S. Air Force is investing heavily in research and development to stay ahead of strategic rivals. One way it is doing this is by awarding Raytheon a contract to develop efficient, hypersonic missiles that can easily fly from the US to anywhere in the world.

Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman team are preparing missiles for the US that offer a high level of operational readiness.

Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense said, “Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to be at the forefront of hypersonic weapon and air-breathing technology development,” said Wes Kremer, president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense. With advanced threats emerging around the globe, the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile will provide our warfighters a much-needed capability.”

About HACM weapon

The HACM is an air-breathing weapon and scramjet engines are used to keep aircraft flying at high speeds. Scramjet engines enable sustained flight at hypersonic speeds, but before combustion can begin the incoming air must be physically compressed.

With these speeds, hypersonic weapons can reach their targets more swiftly in comparison with conventional missiles. This can help them avoid enemy defense systems.

Mary Petryszyn said “The Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile creates a new class of strategically important weapons for the U.S. military.”

“Our scramjet propulsion technology allows us to make faster and more efficient weapons.”

U.S. Australia Collaboration
Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Northrop Grumman have researched, developed, produced and integrated scramjet engines onto each other’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons.

Air-breathing hypersonic missiles are becoming more advanced and can be made by either industry.

Raytheon had a prototype design for fighter aircraft integration that SCIFiRE made operational. With the help of HACM, Raytheon will also yield two operationally useful leave-behind assets.

The U.S. has shared knowledge with its Australian allies in the advancement of hypersonic craf technology. They will use this experience to address national defense needs.

The U.S. and Australia seem to have a good working relationship and will continue to collaborate through an agreement to test the HACM in Australian facilities as well as other pertinent work.

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