European hypersonic projects

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There seems to be a pick up in the work happening around here so I think it deserves its own thread at this stage

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In Europe, Norway appears to be taking an early lead in high-speed/-hypersonic missile development, building off joint work with the U.S. on the Tactical High-Speed Offensive Ramjet for Extended Range (THOR-ER) Allied Prototyping Initiative demonstration program.

Nammo also is progressing with its proposed ramjet-powered artillery shell, which it unveiled in conjunction with Boeing in 2019. Nammo plans to have the round on the market for 2023-24, ready for use in Norway’s new K9 Vidar self-propelled artillery.

France is following closely behind with hypersonic efforts associated with enhancing its air- and sea-launched deterrent. The first likely to deliver results is the V-MAX Experimental Maneuvering Vehicle, which is expected to undertake a first flight during 2021. ArianeGroup is apparently the lead company for the project.

Secrecy continues to surround developments for the ASN4G, the weapon that is scheduled to replace the nuclear-armed ASMP-A air-launched missile in the deterrent mission beginning in 2035. Budget documents published in October show France is spending €1 billion ($1.2 billion) on modernization of the deterrent with the ASN4G expected to take a substantial chunk of the money.
Officials say they are looking for a balanced improvement on range and speed over the ASMP-A but note the future weapon still will need to be compatible with the Dassault Rafale, which will be the primary carrier aircraft until at least 2040.

France also is leading pan-European efforts with Finland, Italy, Netherlands and Spain to hammer out requirements for a missile-defense capability that could provide intercepts of hypersonic and supersonic cruise missiles under the Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER (Twister) initiative.

Across the English Channel, decades of hypersonic missile research may be poised to bear fruit. Ongoing studies by the UK Defense Ministry with France to replace the Exocet and Harpoon with a high-speed anti-ship missile by the late-2020s offer an opportunity to consider hypersonic options.
 

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The Italian MOD, CIRA national aerospace research agency, MBDA & various private companies have started an R&D project for a hypersonic aircraft called HYPERION (Suborbital HYPERsonic spaceplane capable to support payload In Orbit iNsertion)

The aim of the project is the development of enabling technologies for a suborbital aircraft useful for '' extension of the air defense capability (surveillance and interception), against the new threats introduced by hyper-fast weapon systems.
Couple of PDF's etc in Italian.

 

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So it's the day after the annual (at this stage) EU funded defence projects announcements day...So mazel tov!

Anywho....the other side of the hypersonic race, defence,


ODIN’s EYE will set the basis for the development of an autonomous European early warning capability supporting
defence against ballistic missiles and novel hypersonic threats.
The project “multinatiOnal Development INitiative for a Space-based missilE earlY-warning architecture” (ODIN’s EYE)
contributes to the development of a European a space based missile early warning (SBMEW) capability to create a
situational threat awareness against ballistic and hypersonic threats and generate the basis for European or national
actions.
Through its initial studies, requirement definitions and architectures trade-offs ODIN’s EYE initiative will set the
basis for a future multilateral predevelopment programme of the SBMEW capability to serve the European strategic and
security goals.

 

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Mock up/model of the French ONERA developed LEA experimental vehicle to test/validate technology for the ASN4G missile, the future replacement for the ASMP-A, target is Mach 6. Flight test later this year is planned.
(This is not V-MAX related)

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