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RTX Completes Technical Review for Prototype of US Navy’s Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Missile

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RTX Completes Technical Review for Prototype of US Navy’s Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Missile

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RTX Completes Technical Review for Prototype of US Navy's Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Missile
RTX Completes Technical Review for Prototype of US Navy's Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Missile

Raytheon, an RTX business, has successfully completed a technical review and a seamless prototype fit-check in phase one of the U.S. Navy’s Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO) program. HALO is a carrier-based high-speed missile that will allow the Navy to operate in and control contested battlespaces in anti-access/area denial environments and will support their long-range fires strategy.

Digital and physical design concepts and models of Raytheon’s HALO prototype were created in a matter of months using digital and model-based engineering techniques. This approach is accelerating the development of the HALO missile. A successful fit check on an F/A-18 was held in the fall, ensuring that the prototype is compatible with the Navy’s Super Hornet aircraft and existing support equipment. Raytheon was awarded a phase one HALO contract in March 2023. Work on this program is being completed in Tucson, Arizona.

“This is a key step in fielding the Navy’s first anti-ship hypersonic missile,” said Colin Whelan, president of Advanced Technology at Raytheon. “It’s critical that our warfighters have proven technology that can address advanced threats in contested environments, and they need this technology now. We’re leveraging our expertise in hypersonics to deliver a straightforward and mature, digitally engineered system at the pace the Navy needs.”

Raytheon, an RTX business, is a leading provider of offensive and defense solutions to help the U.S. government, our allies and partners defend their national sovereignty and ensure their security. For more than 100 years, Raytheon has developed new technologies and enhanced existing capabilities in integrated air and missile defense, smart weapons, missiles, advanced sensors and radars, offensive and defensive cybersecurity tools, interceptors, space-based systems, hypersonics and missile defense across land, air, sea and space. RTX is the world’s largest aerospace and defense company. With more than 180,000 global employees, the company push the limits of technology and science. Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – the company are advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems for operational success, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges. The company, with 2022 sales of $67 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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