Raytheon Wins Contract to Design New Air-to-Air Missile from DARPA

by: Matthew Potter
October 27, 2010

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon (RTN) a contract to develop a new air-to-air missile. The value is around $20 million. This new missile will be lightweight and possess a multi-mode seeker.

The U.S. Army is currently developing a new missile for use by them and the Air Force on helicopters and attack aircraft that also will have a multi-mode seeker. The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program is currently testing two competing designs from Lockheed Martin (LMT) and a team of Raytheon and Boeing (BA). Both of the systems use seekers that use infra-red, laser and radar guidance.

The goal of these systems is to have the ability to choose the best guidance mode for the weather or counter-measure environment.

Raytheon already has manufactured the AIM-9X infra-red guided and AIM-120 AMRAAM radar guided missiles used on the current U.S. and Allied aircraft.

The new lightweight missile if it is successfully developed and produced will be carried by both manned and unmanned aircraft as the U.S. continues its investment in armed UAV’s.

Photo from wbaiv’s flickr photostream.

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