U.S. Army Long Range Hypersonic Weapon system, contracts Lockheed Martin and Dynetics
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U.S. Army Long Range Hypersonic Weapon system, contracts Lockheed Martin and Dynetics

September 8, 2019


U.S. Army awards Long Range Hypersonic Weapon
system contracts. The U.S. Army awarded two contracts as it
advances the fielding of a prototype hypersonic weapon by Fiscal Year 2023. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,
US Army, reports. The Army Long Range Hypersonic Weapon will
introduce a new class of ultrafast, maneuverable, long-range missiles that will launch from
mobile ground platforms. “Delivering hypersonics to a unit of action will provide a critical
combat capability for the Army in support of the National Defense Strategy,” said LTG
L. Neil Thurgood, Director of Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space and Rapid Acquisition.
“With a collaborative effort by our partners in industry and the Department of Defense,
we will advance this strategic weapon system and fulfill a critical mission for our nation.”
Hypersonic weapons are capable of flying at five times the speed of sound and operate
at varying altitudes, making them unique from other missiles with a ballistic trajectory.
In March 2019, the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army directed the accelerated
delivery of a prototype ground-launched hypersonic weapon with residual combat capability by
Fiscal Year 2023. To execute this strategy, the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies
Office has selected two prime contractors to build and integrate components of the Long
Range Hypersonic Weapon prototype. On August 29, the Army awarded an Other Transaction
Authority agreement to Dynetics in the amount of $351.6 million to produce the first commercially
manufactured set of prototype Common-Hypersonic Glide Body systems. Also on August 29, the
Army awarded a second agreement to Lockheed Martin in the amount of $347.0 million as
the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon prototype system integrator.
The Army is responsible for delivering the prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon battery,
consisting of four trucks with launchers, hypersonic missile rounds, and a command and
control system. The contract awards support the design, integration and production work
that enables a series of flight tests beginning next year, leading to fielding in Fiscal Year
2023. In developing the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon,
the Army is working in close collaboration with the other services through a Joint Service
Memorandum of Agreement on hypersonics design, development, testing and production. As part
of the agreement, the Army will execute production of the Hypersonic Glide Body for all services,
while the Navy will lead the glide body design beginning in Fiscal Year 2023. This joint
cooperation allows the services to leverage technologies, while tailoring them to meet
specific air, land and sea requirements. The two contracts awards mark an important
step in transitioning the development of Army hypersonic capabilities out of the government
laboratories and into commercial production. Initially, Dynetics will work with Sandia
National Laboratories to learn build of the glide body.
“Hypersonics is not a new technology — it’s a new application of technology, with a new
sense of urgency,” said Bob Strider, Deputy Director of the Army Hypersonic Project Office,
part of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon. “This prototyping effort will leverage the
great work of the government science and technology community to take these systems to the next
level and create an industrial base going forward.”
The Army, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is chartered to develop rapid prototypes
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