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HACM, hypersonic missile that ‘breathes air’ and first test fired in metaverse

And Hypersonic Conventional Cruise Missile (HAWC) This is the first time it has been tested in the Metaverse. After a simulation in a digital world, its developers at Raytheon Technologies Co. successfully put it to the test in the real world.

Raytheon works for the United States Air Force with which it recently signed a contract worth nearly $1 billion. The money from the contract will go to the development of HAWC called ‘HACM’Which can be launched from fighter aircraft or bomber.



The importance of hypersonic weapons to the North American nation’s military is nothing new. On several occasions, on 20BITS we have talked about vehicles or weapons that traveling at more than 5 times the speed of sound, Wes Kramer, president of Raytheon’s missile and defense business, noted that “Advancing our nation’s hypersonic capabilities [EEUU] There is an important national imperative, and it was an important step.”

Kramer stressed the importance of successfully passing flight tests after being built and tested using digital solution. “This helps us find new materials, manufacturing processes and aerodynamic shapes that can withstand extreme conditions while providing the required performance,” he explained of the engineering used with the HACM.

By testing the missile prototype in the Metaverse, the Raytheon team was able to recreate a “more advanced threat scenario”. Professional mentions importance of advances Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data To carry out a new generation of hypersonic weapons.

Although the exact number of simulations in the metaverse created with Raytheon’s HAWC is unknown, Kramer speaks of “Countless Trials”.


The first tests were conducted with the German Armed Forces.

The Missile That “Breathes”

The company defines hypersonic attack cruise missile as: “An air-jet propelled munition that breathes”. This is possible thanks to scramjet engines, which use the high speed achieved by the vehicle to forcibly compress the incoming air prior to combustion.

Using this ‘breath’, the HACM performs sustained flight at Mach 5 or higher. As its developers point out, these speeds allow Hypersonic weapons reach their targets more quickly compared to conventional missiles.

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