Marillyn Hewson: Lockheed Develops Hypersonic Weapons Through Contract Awards Worth $2.5B

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said the company is developing various hypersonic weapons through military contracts worth approximately $2.5B combined, USNI News reported Tuesday.

Hewson said Tuesday at the company’s earnings call Lockheed has been investing in hypersonics development for years to deliver capabilities as the U.S. military faces threats posed by Russia and China.

“It’s clearly a need for us to not only address hypersonics but also counter-hypersonics as well,” she added.

Hewson, a 2019 Wash 100 winner, said Lockheed secured a contract from the U.S. Navy in February to work on the service branch’s conventional prompt global strike concept in support of the hypersonic boost-glide weapon development program.

“This order follows three previous awards the corporation has received in hypersonic weapons: the tactical boost-glide contract; the hypersonic conservational strike, or HACKSAW program; and the air-launched rapid response, or Arrow, program,” she added.

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