USAF selects Raytheon in development of Hypersonic Cruise Missile

Raytheon Missiles & Defense was awarded a $1-billion contract ($985,348,124) by the U.S. Air Force to build and demonstrate its Hypersonic Attack cruise Missile (HACM).

HACM can be launched from the air and is powered by scramjets. It targets high-value assets that are at risk in contested places.

HACM can be described as a piece that uses an air-breathing engine to travel at 6200 km/h (3.853 mph) in the upper atmosphere, which is five times the speed sound

Hypersonic weapons, such as HACM, can reach their targets at faster speeds than traditional missiles. They are also able to evade defence systems.

The U.S. Air Force signed a bilateral, multi-year agreement with Australia, known as the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment

 (SCIFiRE), in 2020 to develop prototypes for air-breathing hypersonic missiles. In June 2021, three 15-month SCIFiRE orders were 

awarded by the Air Force to Boeing and Lockheed Martin. These contracts allowed for preliminary designs to be completed for a hypersonic Cruise Missile.