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Raytheon is to build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies that control flight of the US Army's new Common-Hypersonic Glide Body programme, the company announced on 3 September. The work will enhance the system's flight performance and will be performed under Dynetics Corporation contracts.

The Army is leading a team with the US Navy and Air Force to deliver hypersonic weapons that are launched from land, sea or air platforms and will travel at speeds greater than Mach 5.

Raytheon is at the forefront of hypersonic technology development,” commented Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems Vice President, Dr Thomas Bussing. “We will bring our years of advanced weapons development experience to rapidly transform the government's initial concept into a producible design.”

Hypersonic weapons will enable the US military to reach out farther and strike faster compared to current weapons. Raytheon is developing both offensive and defensive solutions as part of its expanding hypersonic portfolio. The company will also help assemble and test the new glide body under the Dynetics Corporation contracts. 

Raytheon released images of its new scramjet-powered hypersonic missile, Pictured here in the foreground with the Tactical Boost Glide concept, just prior to the Paris Air Show in June. (Image: Raytheon)

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