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    US (& Allies) Hypersonic developments and missiles

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    Post  PapaDragon Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:26 pm

    George1 wrote:US (& Allies) Hypersonic developments and missiles - Page 5 A20
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    Slides and images from the official presentations of the US Army on the promising LRHW (Long Range Hypersonic Weapon) Dark Eagle ground-based hypersonic missile system , 2020 (c) US Army

    So this would explain why new Virginia subs will be switching to Ohio-style SSGN tubes for cruise missiles, they need extra space to fit this thing down the road

    Kinda like loading Deltas with Kinzhals, good thing Russia skipped that hassle

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    Post  Arrow Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:52 am

    It looks like the US dusted off the X51 program and started testing it again under a new name. However, there is a long way to get to the Cirkon counterpart. Meanwhile, Russia already has a couple of parallel programs analogous to Cirkon. The test and flight of the missile itself with a scramjet engine is one thing. However, this is the beginning of the path to this very complicated weapon. You need appropriate guidance systems, a structure capable of withstanding enormous overloads, etc.
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    Post  JohninMK Yesterday at 11:52 pm

    New US Army’s hypersonic weapon rendering released by Lockheed Martin
    NewsArmy
    By
    Dylan Malyasov
    Oct 22, 2021

    Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. has released a new artist’s rendering of the newest hypersonic weapon system.

    It’s called the Operational Fires (OpFires) weapon system and the Army is working on it, together with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In early 2020, Lockheed Martin began work on OpFires weapon system integration under a DARPA contract.

    OpFires is an innovative ground-launched system that enables a hypersonic boost glide missile system to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly engage time-sensitive targets.

    Hypersonic missiles typically go one speed: as fast as they can. OpFires features a unique throttleable booster rocket motor that can vary its thrust to deliver payloads across the medium-range spectrum without energy bleed maneuvers. Less time in the air enhances survivability and mission success.

    As noted by the company, a throttleable motor and off-road operability make the hypersonic OpFires system the ideal counter to the medium-range threat.

    OpFires is designed with the soldier in mind. For the user, it operates off-road, supports rapid loading and reloading and can shoot and scoot within minutes. And it travels light.

    “OpFires goes where the warfighter goes,” said Tactical Missiles Advanced Programs Director Steven Botwinik. “It’s transportable by C-130 and deploys without an entourage of unique support systems like cranes, radars and cooling and heating systems.”

    For the maintainer, it offers flexibility. Lockheed Martin is integrating OpFires with existing logistics vehicle fleets. The self-contained OpFires system is designed to integrate with the Palletized Load System, enabling them to transform into an OpFires launcher within minutes—and back again—with no specialized tools or vehicle re-configuration.

    OpFires engineers are designing OpFires with affordability in mind by reusing proven precision fires subsystems. For example, they are adapting proven High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) electronics and precision fires subsystems for interoperability with U.S. Army Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System infrastructure.

    “In the short term, this commonality approach speeds development while reducing development cost and risk,” Botwinik said. “Over the long term it delivers substantial cost savings because all vested programs benefit when one of them upgrades a shared subsystem.”

    Lockheed Martin and its government and industry partners are on track to begin integrated flight testing in late 2021.

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    https://defence-blog.com/new-us-armys-hypersonic-weapon-rendering-released-by-lockheed-martin/
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    Post  JohninMK Today at 12:29 am

    Good article and comments from the Drive on the above and the failed test a couple of days ago, which they seem to think might be a different product.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42837/new-u-s-long-range-hypersonic-weapon-test-fails-updated

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