US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

18 May 2018

Key Points

  • The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics
  • It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs

The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the air service seeks the best technology but also cost savings.

USAF Secretary Heather Wilson told a Senate panel on 17 May that a recent contract award to Lockheed Martin for prototyping is a joint effort with the army and USN. She said the USAF will put an army front-end on a USAF booster and test it off a USAF aircraft.

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