US Air Force awards Raytheon Missiles & Defense SCIFiRE hypersonic contract

TUCSON, Ariz., (Oct. 28, 2021) – Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, was awarded a $33.7 million U.S. Air Force contract to design a technology demonstration concept for a hypersonic cruise missile as part of the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment.

SCIFiRE is a bilateral effort between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Australian Department of Defence to advance air-breathing hypersonic technologies. The SCIFiRE program is the next step toward a full-size hypersonic prototype.

“SCIFiRE is just one example of how Raytheon Missiles & Defense is leading the way in hypersonic weapons development,” said Colin Whelan, vice president of Advanced Technology at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “Combining our expertise in digital engineering and modeling and simulation with the engineering and manufacturing synergies within Raytheon Technologies, we are able to optimize across weapon systems and build on previous successes.”

The reuse of subsystems also reduces cost and enables rapid development and iterative testing.

“Northrop Grumman is investing in digital, affordable and high-rate manufacturing processes to deliver increased range, higher speed and reliability to protect the warfighter,” said Rebecca Torzone, vice president of Missile Products for Northrop Grumman. “Our legacy of advanced propulsion systems and in-house hypersonic testing has supported several successful demonstrations of our scramjet’s ignition and performance over the full mission duration.”

Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman signed a teaming agreement in 2019 to develop, produce and integrate Northrop Grumman's scramjet engines onto Raytheon's air-breathing hypersonic weapons. The agreement enables both companies to combine their capabilities to accelerate development and demonstrate readiness to produce the next generation of tactical missile systems.

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Raytheon Missiles & Defense brings global customers the most advanced end-to-end solutions delivering the advantage of one innovative partner to detect, track, and intercept threats. With a broad portfolio of air and missile defense systems, precision weapons, radars, command and control systems and advanced defense technologies Raytheon Missiles & Defense solutions protect citizens, warfighters and infrastructure in more than fifty countries around the world.