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The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has selected
Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, to continue its
development of a first-of-its-kind counter-hypersonic missile, the Glide Phase
Interceptor. The GPI is designed to intercept hypersonic weapons in the glide
phase of flight, providing the U.S. and its allies with an added layer of defense
against hypersonic missile threats, according to PRNewswire.com.
“Our GPI is built on proven missile defense technology as its foundation,” said Tay Fitzgerald, president of Strategic Missile Defense at the company. “By using digital engineering and leveraging high technology readiness level components and subsystems already in use across Standard Missile and hypersonic programs, we can quickly advance the creation of this new interceptor.”
The company is leveraging mature technologies from the current portfolio to improve efficiency, reduce qualification time and demonstrate the GPI capability as quickly as possible.
By evolving the company’s missile interceptors, directed energy and cyber technologies, the company is advancing counter-hypersonic solutions.