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Lockheed gets $171 million hypersonic cruise missile contract

Deal covers research project under the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept program.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
Lockheed gets $171 million hypersonic cruise missile contract
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $171 million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for work on the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept, or HAWC, program. Lockheed received a $147 million contract last week for a similar program known as the Tactical Boost Glide program, concept art of which is shown here. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $171 million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for work on the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept, or HAWC, program.

The cost-plus-fixed fee contract covers an undisclosed research project that falls under the program.

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HAWC is a joint DARPA-U.S. Air Force program that seeks to develop and demonstrate critical technologies to enable an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile.

The demonstrations seek to open up new possibilities for long-range strike capabilities against time-critical or heavily defended targets.

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

Last week, Lockheed received a $147 million contract for work on another hypersonic project, DARPA's Tactical Boost Glide program.

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