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hypersonicHypersonic enabled militaries in the 2030s

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Previously the US Air Force had plans to develop hypersonic missiles, hypersonic drones and hypersonic planes by the 2040s. However, Russia and China are deploying hypersonic missiles now, so the transition to a full range of more capable hypersonic weapons …

air forceUS hypersonic cruise missile will only have Lockheed prototype by 2022

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The US Air Force skipped having competitive hypersonic cruise missiles prototypes and only has Lockheed for its $1 billion hypersonic cruise missile development contract. There was not enough money for multiple prototypes. Lockheed is to deliver hypersonic missiles with early …

hypersonicRussia building new sub with hypersonic missiles by 2027

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Russia’s new Husky-class fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarine armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles is expected to be built by 2027. The construction will start in 2023 and the first sub will be delivered by the end of 2027. The Husky will feature …

hypersonicRussia will have ICBM boosted mach 20 hypersonic glide weapon by 2020 as part of hypersonic proliferation

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The Russian Avangard mach 20 hypersonic glide vehicle is expected to enter Russia’s arsenal by 2020. Russia successfully tested the weapon, which could carry a nuclear warhead, twice in 2016. The third known test of the device, called a hypersonic …

chinaUS is behind on hypersonic weapons as Russia has ten Mig 31s flying its mach 10 hypersonic missiles

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Today, there are ten Russian Mig 31 aircraft that are on experimental combat duty and are ready to use the hypersonic mach 10 Kinzhal depending on the situation. (Source : Russian deputy defense minister Yury Borisov at the Russian Star) …

air forceFaster weapons development and rollout critical with rise of hypersonics and anti-stealth technology

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The US Air Force is finishing engineering details on an aggressive plan to prototype, test and deploy hypersonic weapons on a faster schedule. Having a faster development and rollout of offensive military capabilities is critical with decline of stealth and …

air forceRussia shows hypersonic Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” missile on upgraded MiG31K fighters

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ussian Aerospace Forces long range interceptor, the MiG-31K (NATO codename “Foxhound”) is shown carrying the new long range, hypersonic Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” missile. TASS reports that upgraded MiG-31K fighter jets armed with the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system will take part in …

airplaneSome details on China hypersonic engine factory

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Fan Xuejun, head of Institute of Mechanics’ “scramjet” division – focused on using high vehicle speed to compress incoming air forcefully before combustion – was lead scientist for the hypersonic project. Fan told the South China Morning Post that …

chinaUSA will deploy hypersonic weapons a few years after Russia and China

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The US has tripled the annual funding level for hypersonic weapons compared to prior years. However, Russia appears to already be deploying hypersonic weapons as the warhead for missiles. Russia has three hypersonic weapons under development. China appears likely to …

air forceSlow progress to improve fuel to cool hypersonic planes

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Hypersonic planes would be far better at managing the heat if they could use the fuel as a primary coolant. Running cold, yet flammable, jet fuel through heat exchangers—in much the same way coolants like ethylene glycol flow through a …