With 60,000 engineers and a total of $8 billion of research and development, the new company will also be better positioned to invest in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, air traffic control modernization, autonomous flying, radio and GPS advancements, and hypersonic weapons, which can travel at up to five times the speed of sound, according to Hayes.
Paul Eremenko, CTO of United Technologies, says the new company will be a “true powerhouse” and leader in hypersonics.
“We bring together Raytheon’s capability in missiles, in seekers and payloads, and UTC’s expertise in exotic high-temperature materials, nickel-based alloys, silicon carbide-based composites, thermo-management expertise, and advanced propulsion systems such as turbine-based combined cycle engines,” he says.
Turbine-based combined cycles are engines that can function like turbojets at low speeds in order to propel hypersonic weapons.
“You really can’t just do this with a supplier relationship or a joint venture,” Eremenko says.