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AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin advancing hit-to-kill hypersonic air-defence concepts for MDA

15 October 2019

Lockheed Martin is working to advance two hit-to-kill intercept concepts for the US Missile Defense Agency's Hypersonic Defense Weapon System project, company officials said at the annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, in October.

The company is developing and refining the two concepts after they were downselected by MDA from 21 submissions. There are three other concepts similarly downselected and contracted, but as of this writing Jane's was unable to confirm which were chosen.

Lockheed Martin's two concepts are a longer-range effector that will operate in the glide phase, called Dart, and another that will operate in the late glide and terminal phases, called Valkyrie, according to Paul Lemmo, Lockheed Martin's vice-president and general manager for Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors.

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