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DoD, Australia Partner to Jointly Develop Hypersonic Prototypes; Mel Hupfeld Quoted

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with Australia to accelerate the development and testing of air-breathing hypersonic weapon systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) describes the hypersonic air-breathing weapon concept as technologies necessary to build affordable, air-launched hypersonic missiles. The U.S. Navy and Australia's defense science and technology group will also contribute to SCIFiRE.

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Air Force Accelerates Acquisition to Bring in New Capabilities

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said that congressional authorities for rapid technology prototyping and testing helped the service meet its Century Challenge milestone to cut 100 years from ongoing weapons development programs. The service said Thursday it started streamlining processes in May 2018 through the authorities provided by the Fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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DARPA on Schedule for Hypersonic Vehicle Launches This Year

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to launch two prototype hypersonic vehicles by the end of 2019, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. Steven Walker, DARPA director and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, told reporters that both Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept and Tactical Boost Glide programs are progressing on schedule.

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