Hypersonics Weapons Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E)

The X-51A Waverider, shown here under the wing of a B-52 Stratobomber is set to demonstrate hypersonic flight. Powered by a Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet engine, it is designed to ride on its own shockwavem and accelerate to about Mach 6. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

Posted on February 25, 2019 | Completed on April 26, 2018 | By: Scott E. Armistead

What is the current state of U.S. hypersonic weapons capabilities?

DSIAC was asked to search online resources for open source information on U.S. agencies involved in and programs related to hypersonic weapons research and development (R&D). DSIAC staff searched internal resources to provide information on reports and briefings related to overarching hypersonics technology development and defense concerns. DSIAC Journal and website articles were also reviewed to provide a consolidated list and information on the agencies and programs involved in and related to hypersonics RDT&E.

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