Aerojet Rocketdyne Secures DARPA Propulsion Tech Development Contract

Aerojet Rocketdyne has received a potential two-year, $13.4M contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop propulsion systems for a ground-launched tactical weapon platform.

The contract was awarded in support of DARPA’s Operational Fires program that aims to build new mobile missile technologies, the company said Tuesday.

The OpFires initiative seeks to meet the U.S. military’s need for a long-range tactical missile system designed to counter time-sensitive targets.

The deal’s initial phase valued at approximately $4.6M requires the firm to design a solid rocket motor over 12 months and may extend to another year if the firm exercises an $8.8M option to develop and evaluate at least two boost test articles.

Aerojet also provided propulsion systems for the X-51A Waverider hypersonic aircraft jointly built by DARPA, NASA and the U.S. Air Force.

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