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darpaUS Air Force has $1.2 billion in new hypersonic weapon spending to catch up to Russia and China

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The U.S. Air Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $928 million contract to develop a prototype hypersonic cruise missile, or the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon. The project is one of two hypersonic weapon prototyping efforts the service is …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

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China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

chinaChina is deploying metamaterials and railguns using SR-71 like development speed and flexibility

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The United States has been able to lead in military technology for decades with DARPA research. DARPA and ARPA helped with the creation of * the internet * GPS (global positioning system) * stealth fighters * antimissile systems * M16 …

darpaBoeing HorizonX Invests in Reaction Engines which is on track to 2020 hypersonic airplane engine test

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Reaction Engines Limited (‘Reaction Engines’) today announced that it has raised a further £26.5 million in a strategic fundraising by securing backing from some of the most influential names in aerospace and finance which will support its development of SABRETM …

darpaHypersonic warhead being developed with 3D printed parts in the Hypersonic weapons race

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Orbital ATK has been developing Lethality Enhanced Ordnance technology, or LEO. Instead of submunitions, LEO relies on inert projectiles placed inside the warhead. In tests, the Orbital ATK warheads with LEO technology achieved the Army’s stated requirements for area effectiveness, …

air forceAir Force and HRL Labs work on promising material for hypersonic vehicles

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The US Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. They are testing additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials.The geometric complexity of components that can be produced through …

geopoliticalFor the next ten years Russia will defer rail based ICBM and prioritize hypersonic missiles

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Russia’s Avangard strategic silo-based hypersonic missile complex has been included in the state armament plan through 2027 instead of Rubezh intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as a weapon more essential to ensure the country’s defense capability, a source in the domestic …

futureUS currently has no defenses against new hypersonic missiles coming from China and Russia in the next few years

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Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told Congress that the US does not have any defenses against hypersonic weapons being developed by Russia and China. US Strategic Command is in charge of the nuclear weapons of …

hypersonicRussia will put advanced mach 20 hypersonic boost and glide missile into service in 2019

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Russia’s most advanced Avangard hypersonic strategic missile system is expected to come into service no later than 2019, a source in the Russian defense sector told TASS. Putin announced during his annual State of the Union address on March 1 …

hypersonicUS Army has a tentative goal of 2022 for operational hypersonic weapons

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The military.com reports that U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Congress that with funding the US Army might be able to field operational hypersonic weapons by 2022. The Army has had two previous successful hypersonic tests and …