Lockheed Martin Awarded $929 Million Contract For Hypersonic Weapon To Counter Russia, China

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $929 Million Contract For Hypersonic Weapon To Counter Russia, China

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

“This is the first phase of a development program, with future phases progressing through design, flight test, initial production and deployment of the weapon system at early operational capability. The contract ceiling through early operational capability is $928 million.”

“Our goal is rapid development and fielding of the HCSW system, and this contract is the first step in achieving that goal,” said John Snyder, vice president of Air Force Strategic Programs at Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Awarded $929 Million Contract For Hypersonic Weapon To Counter Russia, China

He added, “design, development, production, integration and test experts from across Lockheed Martin will partner with the Air Force to achieve early operational capability and deliver the system to our warfighters. We are incredibly proud to be leading this effort.”

The HCSW team will work on the hypersonic missile program at numerous locations in the U.S., including in Huntsville, Alabama; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Orlando, Florida; with additional support in Denver, Colorado, and Sunnyvale, California.

Lockheed Martin has the most experince when it comes to developing and testing hypersonic weapons and vehicles than any other U.S. defense company. On an international stage, U.S. defense companies are severely behind the technology curve when it comes to developing and fielding these powerful weapons for the modern battlefield.

In March, the United States Strategic Commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. is vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles and is quickly falling behind the technological curve for hypersonics.

“We [U.S.] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us,” warned Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Hyten further said, “both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities. We have watched them test those capabilities.”

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  • Merijn

    Yeah…. One Billion Dollar more None Existing American Tax Payers Money down the Drain… Citizens of the World the U.S. is going to Borrow Another Billion Dollars from US the World! Will become a Trillion by the time they take’m in production…just like the F-35…Grrreat….make the Filthy Rich, Filthier Rich…

    • Sinbad2

      The US does not borrow, it steals.

      • Merijn

        Oh…but they promised to pay it back with interest… so they have lied to me?

        • Sinbad2

          Don’t feel bad, they lie to everybody.

  • Naija Lolade

    S-500 will shoot this thing down 100%.. They still stand zero chance..

    • Tudor Miron

      No they don’t and would not be able to do so within several years.

      “We [U.S.] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us,” warned Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

      • as

        Funnier that their answer to that threat is nuclear war escalation. So the employment of such Russian hypersonic weapons against them would be a nuclear war and guess who actually would be in the wrong sides of history should they have to be hit with hypersonic weapons that they have no defence with. My guess here it wouldn’t be the Russians.
        No MSM react incredulously to the statement however. No ‘analyst’ that interpreted it as ‘we’ll start a fucking nuclear war because we can’t win against Russians conventionally’

  • PZIVJ

    Lockheed Martin seems to be 10 years behind the curve.
    So throw 10 more billion at the project,

    • Sinbad2

      The problem for the US is IQ, civilian American companies pay foreigners, mostly Asians to do the clever stuff.
      Because of fears of espionage, the US will not employ foreigners to do the clever stuff.
      So the US will probably never get a hypersonic weapon, unless they can steal the plans from a technically advanced nation.

      I should point out that there are a small number of intelligent people in America, but they go into banking.

      • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

        Hahaha 100% true, and the real smart ones know better than to work for the M-I complex anyway

      • as

        Lol. Was it really that bad nowadays ?

  • Tudor Miron

    If that effort will in anyway resemble F-35 flying pig story than they better spend that money on transgender toilets.

  • AM Hants

    Does anybody remember the $40 billion, missile defence system that has spent amost two decades, trying to get into active service? Who created that for the US and they seriously believe they will get hypersonics up and working, before the next generation Russian and Chinese hypersonic are up and running? Not forgetting, the tomahawk the US gifted Russian intelligence.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      Lol yea what a waste scam shit

      • AM Hants

        Wonder how many decades it will take for US hypersonic to reach active stage? How many generations ahead will Russia be then?

        • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

          russia will have their own starfighters with lasers and stuff like in star wars lol

  • SnowCatzor

    The US are well behind the curve on hypersonic weapons, probably because they’ve wasted too much time and money on stupid projects like the F-35. Not to mention building and maintaining a 10-strong fleet of floating white elephant carriers.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    Lol yea lockheed the same bozos that made the F-35 good choice lmfao

  • Ganga Prasad

    Lockheed Martin WILL develop hypersonic weapon and this weapon has already defeated Russian air defences

  • World_Eye

    Ye maybe will make one or two of these in about 5-6 years to 2025 will have one.

  • jako

    Look US copy of Russian hyper-sonic missile….
    “ZIRCONski”