U.S. Army prepares to test new hypersonic weapon system – media

The new land-based, truck-launched system should be armed with hypersonic missiles that can travel well over 3,800 miles per hour.

defence blog.com

defence blog.com

The U.S. Army prepares to accommodate flight testing of hypersonic weapon system flight test vehicles, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice issued earlier this month. The Army Contracting Command (ACC) has released a request for information on testing support for hypersonic weapons, specifically “the current, new, and evolving Hypersonic Test Engineering, Mission Planning and Systems (HyTEMPS) requirements,” the Defence Blog online military magazine reported.

Read also Space as new operational domain: What is NATO preparing for The U.S. Army is in need of information on potential sources that can provide the necessary technical skills, facilities, and personnel to support the current, new, and evolving HyTEMPS requirements, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

The purpose of this RFI is to gain knowledge of the capabilities, capacity and expertise experience of potential vendors regarding approaches to accommodate flight testing of flight test vehicles, as well as recommended contractual approaches (currently, the Federal Government is considering executing a contract award no later than June 2020 with an acquisition approach of an overall four-year [two year base and one, two year option] cost-type contact valued under US$100M).

According to open sources, Hypersonic strike weapons, capable of flying speeds in excess of Mach 5, are a key aspect of the long-range precision fire modernization effort for the Army and the national security strategy to compete with and outpace potential threats.

The U.S. Army is aiming to get the first long-range hypersonic weapon experimental prototype by the fiscal year 2023. The new land-based, truck-launched system should be armed with hypersonic missiles that can travel well over 3,800 miles per hour.

The new weapon system, also knows as the LRHW, will provide a critical strategic weapon and a powerful deterrent against adversary capabilities for the U.S. Army.

Hypersonic missiles can reach the top of the Earth’s atmosphere and remain just beyond the range of air and missile defense systems until they are ready to strike, and by then it’s too late to react.

Extremely accurate, ultrafast, maneuverable and survivable, hypersonics can strike anywhere in the world within minutes.

(C)UNIAN 2019

3 comments

  • And unlike the Moskali models, these are real rockets instead of 3D models created by the Lada corporation. In the US, they do the talking after the missiles are made, not before like the Moskali do. Next we will hear the whining from the Kremlin and another call for a new IMF treaty that they abandoned 5 years ago.

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  • Arms race ? We like arms races .
    We always win and sometimes completely destroy the enemy with them without firing a shot or shedding any blood.
    My opinion , the best way to win a war , whether it be cold or hot.

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  • “According to open sources, Hypersonic strike weapons, capable of flying speeds in excess of Mach 5, are a key aspect of the long-range precision fire modernization effort for the Army and the national security strategy to compete with and outpace potential threats.”
    The key words here are “long-range precision”. Something that the Ruskie models are sorely lacking. And, without precision, any weapon is just junk.

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