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Northrop to build 3D printed scramjet engine for Raytheon hypersonic weapon

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are teaming to accelerate air-breathing hypersonic vehicle development. The companies will partner on DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept. (Raytheon) LE BOURGET, France — Raytheon has partnered with Northrop Grumman on its air-breathing hypersonic weapon, which will be powered by a Northrop-made scramjet manufactured entirely out of 3D printed parts, the company announced Tuesday. Raytheon and Northrop’s weapon is one of the competitors in Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s HAWC project, short for Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept . The companies’ offering — which comprises Northrop’s scramjet engine and Raytheon’s air vehicle — is ready for to make its first flight, said Tom Bussing, vice president of Raytheon’s advanced missile system segment. “We have a flight test planned for the near future where we will begin flying this particular class of weapon system,” he said during a briefing at Paris Air Show. While the exact schedule is […]

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