In congressional testimony earlier this week, Michael Griffin, new undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, described the advances China and Russia have made in hypersonic technology and the U.S. plans to catch up.
“Our adversaries are presenting us today with a renewed challenge of a sophisticated, evolving threat,” Griffin said on Tuesday. “We are in turn preparing to meet that challenge and to restore the technical overmatch of the United States armed forces that we have traditionally held.”
The next day, the U.S Air Force announced the first award of almost $1 billion to Lockheed Martin for a “hypersonic conventional strike weapon.” According to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek, this is the first of two programs to “accelerate hypersonic research and development.”
The second is the DARPA Tactical Boost Glide program, expected to be in prototype by 2023. Click here for more.
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