Tom Bussing, vice president of advanced missile systems at Raytheon’s missile systems business, wrote in a Defense News commentary published Friday that it is a national imperative for the U.S. to keep its advantage in the development of hypersonic weapons.
Bussing said hypersonic weapons development requires more transition and investment opportunities.
“Congress, thought leaders and the public need to get behind the funding and infrastructure required to make this happen. Industry must continue to work together,” he wrote. “Hypersonic systems are one of the next evolutions in warfare, and we have to find a way to counter these advanced systems, and it must be done quickly."
He mentioned Raytheon’s involvement in the development of a tactical boost glide system and counter-hypersonics, the company’s partnership with Northrop Grumman on scramjet-powered hypersonic missiles and defense industry leaders’ efforts to address hypersonic flight-related technical challenges.