Raytheon, Northrop Grumman to Team Up

Raytheon (RTN) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) have signed a teaming agreement to produce and integrate Northrop Grumman’s scramjet combustors to power Raytheon’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons.

Scramjet engines use high vehicle speed to forcibly compress incoming air before combustion to enable sustained flight at hypersonic speeds, a statement issued by Northrop Grumman on Tuesday said. Hypersonic entities travel at around five times the speed of sound.

It said that the teaming agreement would use the combined capabilities of both companies to accelerate development and demonstrate readiness to produce the next generation of tactile missile systems.

The companies are working under a $200 million Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept program contract to deliver a cruise missile for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the US Air Force.

“Our deep heritage in propulsion, fuzes and warheads will help accelerate readiness of tomorrow’s missiles to meet range, survivability, safety and lethality requirements,” Mike Kahn, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Defense Systems. “Together with Raytheon, we intend to make great strides toward improving our nation’s high-speed weapon systems, which are critical to enhancing our warfighters’ capabilities for greater standoff and quicker time to target.”

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