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Air Force to Investigate Hypersonic ARRW Booster Vehicle Issues After Attempted Flight Test; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Hypersonic ARRW

The U.S. Air Force will investigate system defects following an incomplete launch sequence of a hypersonic booster weapon over the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of Oxnard, California. The flight test, intended to be the eighth assessment for the ARRW program, focused on evaluating the weapon’s aircraft release, performance and separation capacity.

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Sarah Armstrong: NSWC Crane Hypersonics Systems Engineering Field Activity Seeks to Link Research to Warfighter’s Needs

Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong, director of the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) Systems Engineering Field Activity at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division, said her work involves looking for “similarities between program needs and ways to maximize investments.” She also cited the importance of communication in accelerating tech deployment and shed light on her work at NSWC Crane. 

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Air Force to Hold Flight Test for Lockheed-Made Boost-Glide Missile; Brig. Gen. Heath Collins Quoted

Hypersonic ARRW

The U.S. Air Force has scheduled to perform flight tests for a long-range hypersonic missile designed by Lockheed Martin under the service branch's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon prototyping program. The demonstration for the AGM-183A ARRW boost-glide missile is planned for the first week of March and is intended to provide the Air Force with an operational hypersonic weapon by 2022.

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DOD Unveils Plans for Hypersonics Modernization Through 2030’s

Hypersonic Weapons

The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a modernization strategy for hypersonics to update the nation’s strike missile arsenal. The strategy also entails deploying reusable hypersonic weapons for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as strike operations and space access. The DOD seeks to implement a reusable weapon by the early 2030's. 

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Report Proposes Strategy to Strengthen U.S. Defense Industrial Base

Defense Industrial Base

The Department of Defense (DoD) released on Thursday a report recommending a strategy to achieve a secure, innovative and resilient defense industrial base. The report cited the Pentagon’s move to issue an interim rule to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework as a key development in the previous fiscal year.

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USAF Demonstrates B-1B Aircraft’s Expanded Weapons Carriage

B-1B Lancer

A B-1B Lancer aircraft carried a joint air-to-surface standoff missile with an external pylon at Edwards Air Force Base to demonstrate expanded carriage. The aircraft demonstrated performance that may serve as stepping stones to carrying hypersonic weapons in the future. The flight demonstration followed multiple ground tests including one that featured a modified internal bomb bay.

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SPA Wins SAIC Subcontract to Support US Navy Advanced Hypersonic Technologies; Dr. William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been awarded a subcontract on Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) five-year, $63.5 million prime contract to support the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Hypersonic Technologies. The U.S. Navy will develop Advanced Hypersonic Technologies through the Global Deterrence and Defense Department (Code GX) at the NSWC in Crane, Indiana.

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DoD Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, NSWC Crane Partner to Accelerate Weapons Deployment; Gillian Bussey Quoted

Weapons Deployment

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division has partnered with a Department of Defense (DoD) technology transition office to speed up the fielding of hypersonic weapons. JHTO is working to identify contract requirements from the start to help improve the transition of technologies like the Lockheed Martin-developed air-launched rapid response weapon.

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Ellen Lord: Acquisition Policy Rewrite Could Help DoD Address Sustainment Concerns With Hypersonics

Ellen Lord

The Department of Defense has updated its acquisition policy to help speed up the delivery of hypersonic weapons to warfighters. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, discussed how the 5000 series rewrite could help address sustainment concerns for such weapons systems, DoD News reported Friday.

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DoD Tasks Texas A&M University to Manage Hypersonics Consortium Under $100M Award; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a five-year, $100 million award to Texas A&M University for the creation and management of an applied hypersonics consortium. The University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics will serve as an avenue for hypersonics research, development and transition in support of DoD, NASA and other government agencies, DoD said Monday.

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