The Road to Hypersonic Weapons: Technical Challenges & Emerging Opportunities

The Road to Hypersonic Weapons: Technical Challenges & Emerging Opportunities

In the eternal arms race to maintain or regain a strategic advantage over its adversaries, the United States is turning its attention to the development of hypersonic weapons.  The concept of a hypersonic weapon is not new – indeed the U.S. has developed them in some form or another for over 30 years.  Yet as its adversaries – Russia and China most notably – push the development of hypersonic weapons and near the ability to field them, the U.S. has begun to increase its focus and funding on catching up.  This article will discuss the current status of the Department of Defense’s development efforts, it’s challenges, and opportunities for the defense industry to contribute!


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