Hypersonic rocket motor to be developed by Aerojet

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Aerojet Rocketdyne is supporting a Lockheed Martin effort to develop a hypersonic conventional missile for the U.S. Air Force under a subcontract valued at $81.5 million.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force’s Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), an air-launched, stand-off weapon that will be capable of traveling at more than five times the speed of sound.

According to the company, the HCSW development program is in its early phases and will progress through design, flight testing, and initial production and deployment. Lockheed Martin’s contract ceiling through initial operational capability is $928 million.

The HCWS further expands Aerojet Rocketdyne’s hypersonic technology portfolio, which includes solid-fueled and air-breathing ramjet and scramjet capabilities.