Lockheed Martin to Work on Hypersonic Booster Technology
12:54 PM, December 1, 2018
Hypersonic weapons development
Lockheed Martin has won a $28.5 million modification contract to exercise options for hypersonic booster technology development seeking to demonstrate technologies related to intermediate range capability through booster design, fabrication and validation testing.
Hypersonic vehicles can travel in a parabolic trajectory, enabling them to rise high up into the atmosphere to reach hypersonic speeds before returning to lower altitudes. A weapon traveling at hypersonic speeds would carry out offensive missile strikes to destroy targets such as enemy ships, buildings, air defenses and even drones and fixed-wing or rotary aircraft depending upon the guidance technology available.
Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2020.