In order to address ongoing near-peer hypersonic capability development, the Army is accelerating the fielding of its own long-range hypersonic weapon. As part of the overall Army modernization strategy, the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office is tasked with expediting the delivery of hypersonic capabilities to the Warfighter, and this discussion will highlight these efforts to deliver this game-changing capability.
- Critical needs to bolster delivery of Army hypersonic weapon system
- Roadmap to hypersonic fielding by FY2023: necessary next steps
- Production efforts of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body
The Department of Defense is rapidly building up their investment level into transformative hypersonic capabilities on both the offensive and defensive side. With $2.6 billion allocated for all hypersonic-related research, it is clear the age of hypersonic capabilities is rapidly approaching, a race that US cannot and will not lose.
- Offensive and defensive hypersonic Department-wide priorities
- Ensuring hypersonic technological superiority: necessary next steps
- Efforts to spur partnerships for improved and rapid results
The incredibly fast nature of hypersonic flight provides a strategic capability that could potentially alter current force structure as we know it. However, this speed comes with a price; it leaves little room for human intervention regarding changes or path correction. Our partners at Sandia are researching the application of autonomy and AI capabilities into hypersonic systems to address this challenge.
- Efforts to integrate autonomous system capabilities into hypersonic systems: near-term engineering challenges
- Addressing challenges of path planning, perception, localization, and flight control
- Ongoing collaborative efforts
In order for the DoD and Military Services to achieve their hypersonic mission goals, it will require a combination of collaboration, partnership development, and dynamic research across multiple sectors to ensure a timely delivery of capabilities needed. Whether academia, private sector, DoD, or non-DoD Government Agencies, spurring hypersonic advancement through effective research and S&T collaborative efforts is a must.
-Means to foster improved collaboration despite sensitive nature of hypersonic research
-Outlook on DoD hypersonic delivery timelines: where is additional research needed?
-Developing avenues for future S&T and research collaboration