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Firehawk Aerospace Secures SBIR Phase III Funding to Support Army Missile Programs

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Firehawk Aerospace Secures SBIR Phase III Funding to Support Army Missile Programs

Dallas-based rocket propulsion company Firehawk Aerospace has announced a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III contract from the Army Applications Laboratory to create analogs for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket, FGM-148 Javelin and FIM-92 Stinger programs.

The U.S. Army seeks propulsion systems resilient to supply chain issues, Firehawk said.

According to a press release, the company can produce hybrid rocket engines in weeks instead of years through a process that does not rely on traditional materials, accelerating testing while reducing costs.

Firehawk CEO Will Edwards said the award affirms his company’s boundary-pushing capabilities and positions it as a tactical weapon systems leader.

In 2022, Firehawk received Series A funding from Raytheon Missiles & Defense, an RTX business, to support the development of hybrid rocket engines for potential integration into future missile systems.

RTX, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, supplies the Army with Javelin and Stinger missiles. The two companies recently secured a combined $730 million in other transaction agreements to upgrade the FIM-92 Stinger capability.

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