The race to build hypersonic weapons is on. Both Russia and China have multiple hypersonic weapons programs in place and could potentially field an operational hypersonic glide vehicle— possibly armed with nuclear warheads—as early as this year. The pace of which they are developing these weapons has triggered a new, global arms and the DoD’s 2020 budget reflects this. For FY20, the DoD has requested $2.6 billion for hypersonic research including $157.4 million for hypersonic defense programs. The DoD also plans to almost double it’s long-term budget for developing hypersonic weapons from $6 billion to $11.2 billion over the next 5 years.
The goal of this funding is to significantly accelerate prototyping and demonstration effort in order to ensure the U.S. military services has an operational hypersonic weapon by 2022.
Our annual budget infographic is an outline of how the armed forces plan to deliver a functional hypersonic weapon by the early 2020’s and the key investments that will take them there. Remember, acquisition priorities, service roadmaps, the DoD’s long-term hypersonic strategy and so much more will be explored in-depth at the Hypersonic Weapons Summit taking place March 31 - April 02, 2020 in Washington D.C. DOWNLOAD our latest infographic to get a taste of what will be discussed onsite.
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