Air Force awards Lockheed up to $480 million for air launched hypersonic weapon test

The US Air Force is giving Lockheed Martin a second hypersonic weapon contract. This will be for up to $480 million.

Lockheed is to conduct air-launched rapid response weapon critical design review and test and production readiness support. The work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30, 2021.

Lockheed had received a previous contract for nearly $1 billion by the Air Force to develop an unspecified number of hypersonic weapons.

Lockheed has received over $800 million from NASA to investigate hypersonic spaceplanes.