MDA exploring repurposing existing U.S. weapons for near-term hypersonic defense

By Jason Sherman / June 11, 2024 at 2:08 PM
The Missile Defense Agency is exploring options to re-tool existing weapons in the U.S. inventory to counter ultra-fast maneuvering threats as an interim hypersonic defense capability in the next five years while developing an objective weapon system -- the Glide Phase Interceptor -- that will not be ready before 2035 at the soonest. MDA is in discussions with other U.S. defense agencies and industry to identify candidate technologies that were not originally designed to defeat maneuvering hypersonic targets but could...

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