Raytheon to develop flight control systems for US hypersonic weapon

4 September 2019 (Last Updated September 4th, 2019 14:54)

Raytheon has secured work to enhance the flight performance of the US Army’s new common-hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) programme.

Raytheon has secured work to enhance the flight performance of the US Army’s new common-hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) programme.

The company will perform the work under contracts from Dynetics.

As part of the work, Raytheon is required to build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies of the system.

Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice-president Dr Thomas Bussing said: “Raytheon is at the forefront of hypersonic technology development.

“We will bring our years of advanced weapons development experience to rapidly transform the government’s initial concept into a producible design.”

Last week, the US Army awarded an other transaction agreement contract to Dynetics Technical Solutions to produce C-HGB prototypes.

Under the contract, Dynetics will produce 20 glide body assemblies over three years for use by the US Army, US Navy and the US Missile Defense Agency.

The glide body will form a component of an integrated army hypersonic weapon system prototype planned to be delivered to soldiers by 2023.

The efforts are part of the army-led programme to deliver hypersonic weapons capable of travelling at speeds above Mach 5. The army is supported in the project by the navy and the airforce.

Hypersonic weapons will provide the capabilities to reach out farther and strike targets at a faster pace.

The military intends to be able to launch the hypersonic weapons from land, sea or air platforms.

The weapons are intended to provide significant capability upgrade to the US military when compared to existing weapons inventory.

Raytheon noted that its role will also involve providing support in assembling and testing the new glide body.

Other industry partners, including Lockheed Martin, and General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, are also providing systems and services for glide body prototype.