Monday, February 26, 2024

U.S. Navy’s HALO missile could soon destroy enemy ships

Raytheon has successfully completed a technical review and a seamless prototype fit-check in phase one of the U.S. Navy’s Hypersonic Air Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO) program.

Raytheon was awarded a phase one HALO contract in March 2023. The program is set to deliver the U.S. Navy’s first-ever anti-ship hypersonic missile.

HALO is a carrier-based high-speed missile that will allow the Navy to operate in and control contested battlespaces in anti-access/area denial environments and will support its long-range fires strategy.

Using digital and model-based engineering techniques, digital and physical design concepts and models of Raytheon’s HALO prototype were created in a matter of months. This approach is accelerating the development of the HALO missile.

The prototype was tested on an F/A-18 in the fall, confirming that it is compatible with the Navy’s Super Hornet aircraft and existing support equipment. This high-speed missile will support the Navy’s long-range fire strategy and allow it to operate in contested battlespaces.

“This is a key step in fielding the Navy’s first anti-ship hypersonic missile,” said Colin Whelan, president of Advanced Technology at Raytheon. “It’s critical that our warfighters have proven technology that can address advanced threats in contested environments, and they need this technology now. We’re leveraging our expertise in hypersonics to deliver a straightforward and mature, digitally engineered system at the pace the Navy needs.”