Raytheon will build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies that control flight for the U.S. Army’s new Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) program.
The work will enhance the system’s flight performance and will be performed under Dynetics Corporation contracts. Raytheon will also help assemble and test the new glide body under the Dynetics Corporation contracts.
“Raytheon is at the forefront of hypersonic technology development,” said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. “We will bring our years of advanced weapons development experience to rapidly transform the government’s initial concept into a producible design.”
Raytheon is developing both offensive and defensive solutions as part of its expanding hypersonic portfolio, according to a company statement.
The U.S. Army is leading a team with the U.S. Navy and Air Force to deliver hypersonic weapons that are launched from land, sea or air and will travel at speeds greater than Mach 5. Hypersonic weapons will enable the U.S. military to reach out farther and strike faster compared to current weapons.
The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) development effort is part of U.S. Army’s number one modernization priority – Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) – and administered by the Army Hypersonic Project Office, part of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO).
It was announced last week that Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynetics, has been awarded a $351.6 million contract to produce Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) prototypes.
Under an Other Transaction Agreement contract, DTS will produce 20 glide body assemblies over a three-year agreement period for use by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), with an option for additional quantities. DTS will collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) for development and production of the glide body.
The glide body will be a part of an integrated Army hypersonic weapon system prototype – designated Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) – that will deliver residual combat capability by 2023. Lockheed Martin was selected as the prime contractor for the LRHW systems integration project.