Military Capabilities

Pentagon budget 2020: US Army plans land-based hypersonic missile development

19 March 2019

At a time when China and Russia are racing ahead with hypersonic weapon development, the US Army is eyeing a USD1.2 billion investment over the next five years to begin prototype testing of one it can launch from the ground.

When the service delivered its fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request to Congress this month, included were plans to move forward with a land-based hypersonic missile prototype that could be flight tested in 2023.

"A Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) system is to provide the army with a prototype strategic attack weapon system to defeat anti access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities, suppress adversary long range fires, and engage other high payoff/time sensitive targets," the service said.

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