WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Raytheon has been awarded a $174 million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract for the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept program.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee deal will cover an undisclosed research project for the program.
DARPA is the contracting entity.
The program is a joint DARPA-U.S. Air Force initiative to develop technologies that would lead to an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile.
Such demonstrations aim to pave the way to new, responsive, long-range strike capabilities against time-critical or heavily defended targets.
The program places a premium on affordable, rapid and efficient flight tests to validate the key technologies.