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DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons

DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons 7 May, 2019

Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I consider intended redundancy because it's a hard technology, making materials and propulsion systems that last in 3,000° Fahrenheit  (1,648.9° Celsius) temperatures is not easy," Walker said.

The military envisions developing Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) as an air-launched rocket with speeds faster than Mach 5 and able to reach altitudes of nearly 200,000 ft. The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) is also designed to be air launched but is envisioned as a hypersonic cruise missile.

DARPA plans to flight test both weapons off a B-52 bomber.

 

DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons

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