Raytheon to Mature High Power Microwave-Based Capability for Hypersonic Missile Defense

Raytheon Missile and Defense is being awarded a $9.79 million contract by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to mature a non-kinetic capability, based on High Power Microwave (HPM), for defense against hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles.

The effort will include refinement of baseline designs, advanced technology insertion evaluation and test planning and preparation to support potential future phases for integration of a Missile Defense Agency Microwave Technology Testbed project.

The Microwave Technology Testbed project evolves the HPM concept development acquired under the MDA’s Hypersonic Defense Weapon Systems (HDWS) broad agency announcement HQ0147-18-S-0001 and competitively awarded contracts HQ0147-18-C-6516 and HQ0147-19-C-6561.

The contract work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by December 2021.

Full Pentagon statement announcing the contract:

Raytheon Missile and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $9,790,653, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to mature a non-kinetic defense capability, accelerate lethality analysis and procure long lead items for a potential Microwave Technology Testbed project that evolves the High Power Microwave concept development acquired under the Hypersonic Defense Weapon Systems broad agency announcement HQ0147-18-S-0001 and competitively awarded contracts HQ0147-18-C-6516 and HQ0147-19-C-6561. The effort will include refinement of baseline designs, advanced technology insertion evaluation and test planning and preparation to support potential future phases for integration of a Missile Defense Agency Microwave Testbed Technology project. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete by December 2021. This is a sole-source contract award. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $9,790,653 are being obligated at the time of award. The Missile Defense Agency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (HQ0860-20-C-0010).

Raytheon is also developing one prototype Phaser High Power Microwave (HPM) system for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) under a $16 million contract awarded last year. This HPM system uses directed energy to take down drones.



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