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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Carrier-Based Navy F-18s May Get Hypersonic Cruise Missiles

DoD Kicks Off New Hypersonic Program; F-18 To Get Hypersonic Cruise Missile Breaking Defense reports:

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One hypersonic program that Bussey revealed is already in the works would eventually put a hypersonic cruise missile on a carrier-based F-18.

She said the effort, which is being run by the Air Force Research Lab and has been contracted to Boeing, is developing a dual mode scramjet design. “We’re doing this so that we can have an option for the Navy that is compatible with F-18 based on carriers. We hope to have that testing wrapped up in time to support any decisions that either the Air Force or the Navy will end up making in terms of future hypersonic cruise missile activities.”

Earlier in the piece is this-
Universities in the US, Australia, the UK and Canada are eligible to work on the DoD program, said Gillian Bussey, head of the Joint Hypersonic Transition Office. But Bussey added Texas A&M has strict counterintelligence protocols in place, and the Pentagon will have strict rules for who can participate in the often classified work. The team in particular wants to ensure “we’re not training Chinese scientists that are going to go help their programs for example.”
Way cool!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:54 PM

    This seems like a good idea to pursue. Wasn't there talk of new updated F-18s to complement the F-35C on carriers? This would make sense.