Lockheed Martin Receives $31.7M in Support of DARPA/U.S. Air Force Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept Phase II Program

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract modification to provide continued support for a research project under the DARPA/U.S. Air Force Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) Phase II program.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification, worth around $31.7 million, was awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Work will be performed in Jupiter, Florida (25%); Palmdale, California (5%); and various other locations (70%), with an estimated completion date of March 2021.

Lockheed Martin High Speed Strike Weapon (HSSW)
A rendering of High Speed Strike Weapon (HSSW), a hypersonic conventional strike missile being developed by Lockheed Martin.

The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program is a joint DARPA/U.S. Air Force (USAF) effort that seeks to develop and demonstrate critical technologies to enable an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile.

The program intends to emphasize efficient, rapid and affordable flight tests to validate key technologies.

HAWC plans to pursue flight demonstrations to address three critical technology challenge areas or program pillars—air vehicle feasibility, effectiveness, and affordability. Technologies of interest include:

+ Advanced air vehicle configurations capable of efficient hypersonic flight
+ Hydrocarbon scramjet-powered propulsion to enable sustained hypersonic cruise
+ Approaches to managing the thermal stresses of high-temperature cruise
+ Affordable system designs and manufacturing approaches

Lockheed Martin is assisting DARPA for the HAWC program.

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