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Raytheon Completes Technical Review, Aircraft Test Fit for HALO Missile

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Raytheon Completes Technical Review, Aircraft Test Fit for HALO Missile

RTX business Raytheon has completed a technical review and prototype fit-check for the U.S. Navy’s Hypersonic Air Launch Offensive Anti-Surface platform.

Raytheon used digital and model-based engineering techniques to create the digital and physical design concepts of the HALO prototype. The company also fitted the weapon platform on an F/A-18 Super Hornet in the fall, ensuring that it is compatible with the Navy’s aircraft and existing support equipment.

The HALO is a carrier-based hypersonic missile that allows the Navy to control contested battlespaces and supports the service’s long-range fires strategies. Work on the missile is being performed in Tucson, Arizona, under a contract awarded in March, RTX said.

The Navy awarded several missile-related contracts in 2023.

In June, the Navy granted RTX a $264 million contract modification to provide over 570 AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and ancillary equipment to the U.S. Air Force and foreign militaries. The Sidewinder is a short-range missile that can perform air-to-air engagements, surface attacks and surface launches.

In February, Lockheed Martin secured a potential $2 billion Navy contract to integrate the Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic missile onto the Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers. Lockheed was tasked with providing a missile launcher, weapon controls, integrated missile components and Zumwalt integration support services.

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