USAF Selects Leidos for Air-Breathing Hypersonic System Development

Leidos will design and develop a large-class version that surpasses current air-breathing systems in range and payload capacity using digital engineering to ensure the design efforts help future development and transition By DA Reporter / 20 Dec 2022
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Leidos will assist the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in development of an air-breathing hypersonic system under a new $334 million contract.

The Expendable Hypersonic Multi-mission ISR and Strike program, also known as Mayhem, will span a 51-month period of performance. The initial task order is $24 million to conduct the System Requirements Review (SRR) and Conceptual Design Review (CoDR) in a Digital Engineering (DE) environment.

The Mayhem system will use a scramjet engine to generate thrust, propelling the vehicle across long distances at speeds greater than Mach 5. Leidos is tasked with designing and developing a large-class version that surpasses current air-breathing systems in range and payload capacity using digital engineering to ensure the design efforts help future development and transition.

Leidos has assembled a team from industry and academia, including Calspan, Draper and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, to serve as the System Design Agent (SDA). The SDA will forge partnerships between the government, industry and academia to deliver the research and development needed to design and prepare a production-ready technical data package to produce prototypes. Leidos will also lead the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and programming to help ensure Mayhem can transition from idea to operational system.

“To deliver the next generation of air-breathing hypersonic system, we’ll leverage our years of investment, knowledge and success in the hypersonic field,” said Leidos’ Dynetics President Steve Cook. “Our team is prepared to undertake this vital mission for our nation.”

“The team assembled by Leidos marries exceptional experience with innovation,” said Mayhem program manager Ryan Leo. “We’re working with the nation’s top solution providers in hypersonic vehicle and propulsion technologies. We’re proud to contribute to this important national security mission.”

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