The American military-industrial company Raytheon on the eve of the air show Paris Air Show 2019 (France) announced future hypersonic missile, which will receive a hypersonic ramjet engine (RAMJET), according to Aviation Week.
The publication writes, which is published by the picture of the weapon is not visible intakes, and reminds us that “manufacturers often mask this sensitive technology”.
As noted on the website Raytheon, “missile of a new type” will be able to fly from new York to Los Angeles in 39 minutes without a break. There is mentioned that the missile hypersonic get hypersonic RAMJET engine, and will not be gliding at hypersonic speed combat unit, and will be tested in two to four years.
“This is not science fiction”, — said Vice-President of Raytheon Missile Systems Tom Bassing.
Aviation Week also notes that during the Paris Air Show Raytheon 2019 entered into an agreement with the American company Northrop Grumman, which will be the first partner in the development of hypersonic RAMJET. The newspaper is sure that thus the parties disclosed the long-term cooperation in this direction. The promising the product will be carried out in the framework of the HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept) and its components is planned to print three-dimensional printer.
May 8, the U.S. company Lockheed Martin has introduced the concept of the F-35C Lightning II with a pair of hypersonic cruise missiles, created in the framework of the HAWC.
In March last year, the American magazine the National Interest wrote that the Russian aeroballistic rocket low radar signature and high maneuverability “Dagger” due to the lack of hypersonic RAMJET cannot be considered a complete hypersonic weapons. According to reports, “the Dagger” is a modernized version of the quasi-ballistic single-stage-managed 9M723 solid rocket complex “Iskander”, which acts as a supersonic all-weather fighter-interceptor long-range MiG-31.
In the spring of 2010 was the first flight of an experimental aircraft, the Boeing X-51 Waverider, a hypersonic RAMJET-equipped Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61.
A full (not hybrid) hypersonic RAMJET begins to operate at speeds of the aircraft above seven Mach numbers, therefore requires the carrier to accelerate to such speeds. Work on these power units are carried out in the USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia (formerly USSR).
Video, photo All from Russia.