Senate Bill to Authorize $1B More for DoD’s Hypersonic Programs

Jeff Brody

The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee passed a defense policy bill to allocate $1 billion in additional funds for hypersonic programs for fiscal year 2020, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday.

A summary of the bill says the proposed measure includes $108M for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, $237.8M for hypersonic defense programs, $576M for the U.S. Air Force’s hypersonics prototyping work, $228M for the U.S. Army’s hypersonic initiatives and $150.6M for hypersonic glide body development effort.

“The bill includes significant investments in both basic research and future technologies such as hypersonics, 5G, artificial intelligence, missile defense, and cybersecurity, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subpanel, said in a statement. “We must continue to make investments today that demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our Armed Forces are well-trained, well-equipped and better prepared than any other around the world, and this bill does that.”

The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 12, to proposed measure.

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