hypersonic Archive

dronesUS targets a megawatt laser by 2023 and then deployment in drones and satellites for hypersonic and ICBM defense

The US Congress wants the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to rapidly develop and demonstrate a boost-phase ICBM (and hypersonic weapon) intercept capability as soon as practicable. Space-based laser weapons technology is one of the options. The DARPA High Energy Liquid …

air forceAir Force awards Lockheed up to $480 million for air launched hypersonic weapon test

The US Air Force is giving Lockheed Martin a second hypersonic weapon contract. This will be for up to $480 million. Lockheed is to conduct air-launched rapid response weapon critical design review and test and production readiness support. The work …

economic impactBoeing believes mach 5 hypersonic passenger planes might have better economics than mach 2 supersonic

Boeing has selected mach 5.0 as the top speed for a hypersonic passenger jet because that greatly simplifies the structural materials and the propulsion. Standard titanium alloys used in aircraft and jet engines today are strong enough to survive the …

hypersonicUS designing space-based missile interceptors and space sensors to counter hypersonic missiles

The US Missile Defense Agency and Defense Department have started designing space-based missile interceptors and space sensor that will be used for missile defenses and hypersonic defense. Rich Abott, Defense Daily, reported statements made at Wednesdays Space and Missile Defense …

chinaChina successfully tests Mach 6 hypersonic boost and glide weapon

China has successfully tested its first waverider boost and glide hypersonic vehicle. It is a missile which can carry nuclear warheads and penetrate existing anti-missile defense system. The Xingkong-2, or Starry Sky-2, was launched in a target range in Northwest …

hypersonicRussia had a leak of hypersonic missile technology to Western Spies

A Roskosmos facility called TsNIIMash are under suspicion for leaking information of hypersonic missile secrets to Western spies. Last week, the Russia defense ministry released video of two new hypersonic missile systems – called Kinzhal and Avangard. Russia has simply …

chinaUSA should build artificial island bases for allies in the age of hypersonic missiles

No one has effective anti-hypersonic missile systems now and there is no anti-hypersonic missile system in development that looks to be very effective or near deployment. This means any major power conflict would make submarines the main effective part of …

hypersonicRussia will widely deploy longer range hypersonic mach 6 missile

Russia claims that will soon put a new hypersonic mach 6 Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile onto its fighter planes. The claimed specifications are * a range of 188 miles * 132 lbs of explosives in the warhead * speeds of …

airplaneBoeing reveals hypersonic passenger jet design and works with DARPA on spaceplane

Boeing revealed its first passenger-carrying hypersonic concept plane at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in Atlanta this week. The passenger concept can be used for military or commercial applications. It is just one of several hypersonic vehicle …

hypersonicHypersonic enabled militaries in the 2030s

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 …