by Geoff Ziezulewicz
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2016
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.
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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