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Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

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June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Development Agency announced a search for contractors to develop technology to detect and track 3,100-mph hypersonic missiles. The request for proposals, issued last week, calls for "commercial services to launch and support its Tracking Phenomenology Experiment [TPE],"and represents the first step toward a system to defend against hypersonic missiles. Advertisement The package is the first part of SDA's plans to deploy a constellation of low orbiting satellites to guard against hypersonic weapons, ballistic missiles capable of traveling five times the speed of sound, Space News reported. The United States is developing it's own hypersonic weapons through the Prompt Global Strike program, and it is believed that Russia and China have embarked on similar deve...
U.S. Army to deploy hypersonic missiles by 2023

U.S. Army to deploy hypersonic missiles by 2023

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Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Deployment of a long-range hypersonic weapon system by the U.S. Army is expected by 2023, the Association of the United States Army was told at its annual convention. Robert Strider, deputy director of Army hypersonic programs on Monday told attendees of the AUSA convention that an experimental prototype, "with residual combat capability," will be fielded by 2023, as announced by the Army last month. "Those words are tattooed on every one of us within the rapid capability and critical technologies office," Strider said. "The booster that we'll use to launch it will be absolutely common with the Navy. In fact, there's a [memorandum of agreement] in place that put the Navy in charge of design and the Army in charge of production." Strider added that a battery of eight miss...
Dynetics, Raytheon producing glide bodies for hypersonic weapon prototypes

Dynetics, Raytheon producing glide bodies for hypersonic weapon prototypes

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Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Raytheon said Tuesday it will work to enhance the U.S. Army's hypersonic weapon glide body, days after Dynetics was awarded a contract to build at least 20 common missile bodies. The U.S. Army is leading a team with the U.S. Navy and Air Force to deliver hypersonic weapon combat capability to soldiers by 2023. The hypersonic weapons launched from land, sea or air will travel at speeds greater than Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound, a company statement said. Raytheon "will build and deliver the control, actuation and power-conditioning subassemblies that control flight of the U.S. Army's new Common Hypersonic Glide Body program," the statement said. Hardware and software company Dynetics has been awarded a $ 351.6 million contract to build at least 20 Common ...
Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

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Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia's top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room, Putin said the successful test was a "great success" and an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation." The test comes amid bitter tensions in Russia-U.S. relations, which have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War times over the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Putin's hopes for repairing ties with Washington under President Donald Trump have fizzled am...
Russia test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile

Russia test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile

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March 11 (UPI) -- A Russian jet successfully test-lauched a hypersonic missile Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.The Kinzhal hypersonic missile was launched from an MiG-31 interceptor jet, which departed from an airfield in the Southern Military District, Russia's TASS News Agency reported."A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces made a training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the predetermined area," the defense ministry said. "The launch was normal; the hypersonic missile hit the preset target on the test site."Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country has developed supersonic nuclear weapons that can reach anywhere in the world, and are "invulnerable to enemy interception," during his state of the union add...