Raytheon’s Albuquerque division lands laser missile contract

Kirtland Air Force Base
Kirtland Air Force Base (sky News 13 KRQE)

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Raytheon Missile Systems’ Albuquerque division will help design a new type of missile that uses directed energy to destroy targets.

Raytheon’s Ktech division has won a $4.8 million U.S. Air Force contract to finalize the missile, which uses energy like lasers or microwaves rather than explosives. Vice President for Business Development Bob Fitzpatrick says the weapon’s precision could eliminate collateral damage in warfare.

During a Wednesday event, Fitzpatrick called the missile design “stuff of the future.”

Raytheon Ktech employs 170 people in New Mexico. The new contract will lead to more hiring, but it’s not clear how many new employees the company will take on.

The company will work with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque on the missile project.

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