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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #945 on: July 02, 2018, 09:48:19 am »
And it was cancelled.  The fact that the much later ASALM-based LRASM-B was cancelled because it was "too risky" (yeah, 30 year old technology was "too risky") doesn't speak well of our ability or even willingness to try something difficult.

In a world of black programs - and secrecy - what do you want them to say the reason it was cancelled? "We cancelled it because we secretly developed something else, and is as effective and we don't need that right now given the budgetary climate. . . "

Their past track record suggests your scenario is an utter fantasy.  Besides, if they had something better they wouldn't have bothered even looking at LRASM-B.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #946 on: July 03, 2018, 05:10:39 pm »
http://aviationweek.com/future-aerospace/generation-orbit-fires-hypersonic-testbed?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20180703_AW-05_204&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2&utm_rid=CPEN1000000230026&utm_campaign=15475&utm_medium=email&elq2=0ef065e588ed4e2d812c58710cdf5367

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Generation Orbit Launch Services has completed the first hot-fire test of a full-scale prototype of its GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight-test booster.

The startup is developing the air-launched GO1 for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as an affordable and flexible hypersonic testbed.

The firing was the first of its kind to be conducted at Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, Florida, and also GO’s first test campaign with Ursa Major Technologies’ Hadley liquid rocket engine. The 5,000 lb. thrust-class oxygen-rich staged combustion engine performed as expected through the tests, GO said.

I posted my thoughts a couple years back just get a Roadrunner II SRM put a BGV on the front end ya got a near term hypersonic strike weapon.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #947 on: July 03, 2018, 10:47:27 pm »
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #948 on: July 09, 2018, 05:56:38 am »
http://aviationweek.com/future-aerospace/week-technology-july-9-13-2018

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Another Hypersonic Weapon Deal for Lockheed

Lockheed Martin has secured another hypersonic weapon-related contract, with a $40.5 million U.S. Navy award for booster technology development. This follows the April award of a U.S. Air Force contract, potentially worth $928 million, to develop a hypersonic strike missile for fielding by 2022.

The latest Hypersonic Booster Technology Development (HBTD) contract, awarded by the Navy’s Strategic Systems Program, may be related to the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) weapon that Lockheed’s Skunk Works is developing for DARPA. The air-launched, rocket-boosted missile demonstrator is scheduled to fly in 2019.

The request for proposals for HBTD refers to a “hypersonic glide body.” This sounds similar to TBG, which is a 500-nm-range unpowered glider accelerated to hypersonic speed by a rocket booster. DARPA’s fiscal 2019 budget request indicates the agency plans to develop a ship-launched version.

In addition to the TBG, the Skunk Works is under contract to develop DARPA’s Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC), an air-launched, scramjet-powered missile demonstrator also scheduled to fly in 2019. Raytheon is also under contract to build a HAWC demonstrator.
Lockheed’s April contract, meanwhile, covers development of the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Missile (HCSW, pronounced “Hacksaw”), a simpler air-launched, rocket-powered weapon intended for more rapid development to arm existing Air Force fighters and bombers.

Lockheed also is working on the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW, pronounced “Arrow”), a hypersonic boost-glide weapon being developed for the Air Force under an extension to the DARPA contract for TBG. ARRW and HAWC may be potential follow-ons to HCSW.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #949 on: July 09, 2018, 03:44:13 pm »
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The request for proposals for HBTD refers to a “hypersonic glide body.” This sounds similar to TBG

I thought it sounded more similar to the "AHW hypersonic glide body" that the Navy's SSP tested successfully in the Fall of 2017.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #950 on: July 09, 2018, 05:42:10 pm »
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The request for proposals for HBTD refers to a “hypersonic glide body.” This sounds similar to TBG

I thought it sounded more similar to the "AHW hypersonic glide body" that the Navy's SSP tested successfully in the Fall of 2017.

Any information about SSP ?

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #951 on: July 10, 2018, 06:47:30 am »
Any information about SSP ?

The Strategic Systems Program Office manages the Navy's ballistic missile efforts.  They tend to be under the radar, pardon the pun, but have shepherded the SLBM program from its earliest Polaris A1 days to the current Trident D5.  It's the effective equivalent of the Air Force's Space and Missile Center (originally the Western Development Division) for land-based ICBMs.

http://www.ssp.navy.mil/
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #952 on: July 16, 2018, 05:23:49 pm »
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/07/16/3-thoughts-on-hypersonic-weapons-from-the-pentagons-technology-chief/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_medium=social

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WASHINGTON — If military terms can be described as clothing, then hypersonic weapons are the couture, stylish, must-talk-about item of the summer.

The technology behind them. The theory around them. The questions of what competitors are saying and doing with them. Nearly every discussion about future capabilities for America’s defense includes an early mention of hypersonics.

The point man for developing that capability is Michael Griffin, a former NASA administrator who is now the first-ever undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. So when he sat down with reporters July 12 to discuss a range of issues, it wasn’t a surprise hypersonic weaponry came up.

“My view is that this is not an advantage that we can concede to people who wish to be our adversaries,” he said bluntly when asked about the systems. “And there is no reason why we should.”

Here are three key points from Griffin that show his thinking as he helps craft America’s way forward with the technology.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #953 on: July 17, 2018, 05:38:00 am »
DOD seeks congressional OK to shift $4.3B, offers new details about hypersonic strike projects


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The Office of the Secretary of Defense wants to shift an additional $159.5 million into the Conventional Prompt Strike program, including $40 million to support plans for eventual serial manufacturing of a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). The Pentagon is notionally considering an initial production rate of five hypersonic glide vehicles a year, according to the document. “Funds are required to transition CPS HGV design to multiple contractors utilizing affordability/producibility enhancements,” the documents states.

In addition, the program -- which is set to be transferred to the Navy for management beginning in 2020 -- seeks $34.5 million to improve U.S. industrial capacity to produce a Thermal Protection System for the HGV. "The main issue is the lack of autoclaves (high-temperature and pressure ovens) in the curing/bonding process of the carbon-carbon composite materials used to produce the [Thermal Protection System]," according to the budget document.

The Conventional Prompt Strike program also seeks $65 million in FY-18 as a down payment on a $170 million new-start program for an accelerated demonstration of a land-launched hypersonics capability. The request would also add $20 million to improve test and evaluation infrastructure for "full-scale, hypersonic fight testing with a focus on Conventional Prompt Strike."

In a related effort, the Pentagon is seeking to shift nearly $50 million into a pair of projects that aim to support Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein's directive -- not previously reported -- to produce prototype hypersonic strike weapons by the end of 2021, according to the reprogramming request.

The service needs an additional $29 million in FY-18 for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, a prototype hypersonic strike capability. "Funds will be used for required post-Preliminary Design Review work, long lead solid rocket motor parts and materials, wind tunnel testing" and more, according to the document. "Funding is needed to maintain the development and booster flight test schedule in order to meet the chief of staff of the Air Force's direction to provide hypersonic strike capability prototypes by the end of 2021," according to the reprogramming.

The budget document also reveals for the first time that the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, or Hacksaw, will pair an Army-designed hypersonic boost glide vehicle with an off-the-shelf rocket to give the Air Force the ability to air-launch an ultrafast weapon as part of a new campaign to leverage the recent success of the Conventional Prompt Strike program

The service is seeking an additional $20 million in FY-18 for the Hacksaw program "to support the modification and integration of the Conventional Prompt Strike glide body into HCSW, as well as early transition of the CPS glide body design to the HCSW prime contractor for optimization and prototype production."

Lockheed Martin is the HCSW prime contractor.

The Army is seeking to shift $46 million to an advanced technology development account for a new-start project as part of the service's campaign to improve its artillery portfolio. The service estimates the five-year cost of this project to be $392 million. "Funds are required for the Deep Strike Cannon Artillery System effort within the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team's charter," the document states. "The accelerated project objective aims to develop long-range armament technologies for weapons to support potential deep strike capabilities from future cannon artillery systems."
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #954 on: July 20, 2018, 04:15:25 pm »
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2018/7/18/raytheon-close-to-inking-deal-for-new-hypersonic-weapon

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FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom — Raytheon is nearing an agreement with the Defense Department to build a new weapon that can travel at speeds greater than Mach 5, a company executive said July 18.

The contractor was recently selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create the next tactical boost glide system, said Tom Bussing, Raytheon’s vice president for advanced missile systems. “We’re in negotiations with them now … [and] we hope to be on contract here in the next several months,” he said during a meeting with reporters at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Alarmed by Chinese and Russian efforts to acquire their own capabilities, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin has made developing these types of weapons his top technical priority. In addition to their high speeds, the platforms can be highly maneuverable and pose a major challenge to traditional missile defense systems, according to experts.

Pentagon spending on the technology is ramping up. In April, the Air Force announced that Lockheed Martin had been awarded a contract with a potential value of nearly $1 billion to develop a new air-launched weapon for the service.

Raytheon could finish developing the new tactical boost glide system within several years, depending on funding and the schedule chosen by the Defense Department, Bussing said.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #955 on: July 26, 2018, 06:47:15 am »
https://www.stripes.com/news/military-services-to-work-together-to-speed-hypersonic-weapon-development-1.539431?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=c21fb713b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_26_01_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-c21fb713b5-81812733

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s services will work together to boost development of ultra-high speed weapons capable of penetrating the most advanced air-defense systems in the world, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday.

Wilson, Army Secretary Mark Esper and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer signed an agreement in recent weeks to co-develop a prototype hypersonic missile, Wilson told an audience at the Washington Post. The Pentagon has worked for more than a decade to design and build hypersonic weapons capable of traveling in excess of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound.

Wilson said she believes by working with the other military services, a prototype weapon could be tested by 2020 or 2021, significantly earlier than Pentagon officials had previously publicly said such a trial would be expected.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #957 on: July 29, 2018, 01:57:40 pm »
https://news.usni.org/2018/07/28/pentagon-sells-defense-industry-on-hypersonics

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Hypersonic missiles – weapons traveling more than five times the speed of sound toward targets on land, in the air and at sea — are suddenly being touted by defense contractors as a promising revenue source, industry analysts heard during the second quarter financial results season.

Hypersonic missiles were described as an exciting new business line for Northrop Grumman to consider, Kathy Warden, chief operating officer, told Wall Street analysts during a conference call. Warden, who was recently tapped to become chief executive when current CEO Wes Bush retires next year, was detailing the benefits of Northrop Grumman’s $9.2 billion purchase of aerospace and technology company Orbital ATK. The deal was finalized in June.

Now called Innovation Systems, the Orbital business line, Warden said, “Expands the Northrop Grumman portfolio into hypersonics. We have traditionally been counter hypersonics, but this expands us into weapons systems. This significantly expands our portfolio of offerings to our customers.”
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #958 on: July 30, 2018, 04:00:31 am »
And where do they think they are going to get the workforce in the immediate future for said 'exciting new business line'?
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #959 on: July 31, 2018, 06:09:49 am »
https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/farnborough/2018/07/27/the-us-air-forces-top-acquisition-exec-talks-hypersonic-prototypes-and-more/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Socialflow&utm_source=twitter.com

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You mentioned hypersonics as another area that involves prototyping. Can you say more about that?

Hypersonics is an area that I’m very passionate about. I feel like we need to not fall behind any country in this domain. And it was an area, coming in from SCO, I really wanted to dive into these prototyping efforts and see is there anything that we can do to speed them up.

And in fact, there is. This is another example of another program where the rapid authorities appear to make a big difference on how quickly you can go. But the big difference is really shifting the program so that it embraces the potential for failure. You saw this a lot from me at my last job. Failure is very much an option, and as a matter of fact, if we’re going to fail and we do it early in a program, we’ve probably learned something valuable that we need to understand before progressing
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