Raytheon Lands $20M Contract for Hypersonic Missile Development
Raytheon has been awarded a $20.4 million contract modification from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) program.
Using the award, Raytheon will work to develop and validate the technology so that hypersonic boost glide systems can be launched into the sky.
“Hypersonics is the new frontier of missile design and development,” said Tom Bussing, Raytheon vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. “The extreme environments where these advanced missiles must operate present significant engineering challenges. Our extensive experience and expertise in developing advanced guided weapon systems uniquely position Raytheon to help solve these problems and deliver these solutions.”
TGB has the potential to travel at speeds in excess of Mach 5 and near 200,000 foot heights. Before TGB can achieve the speeds, the vehicles must be able to bounce across the inside of Earth’s upper atmosphere before traveling downward toward their targets. They must also be able to tolerate extreme heat, while at the same time remaining navigable. The missiles would also need sensor packages in order to travel toward re-locatable targets.
If built correctly, the hypersonic weapons would be difficult to seize and would give warfighters the ability to hit targets more quickly than they can with current missile technology.
Most of the labor for the project will be conducted in Tucson, Ariz.