Australia, US partner on air-launched hypersonic missile

By: Nigel Pittawaydefensenews    3 days ago

A common hypersonic glide body launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii on March 19, 2020, during a flight experiment. Australia and the U.S. are teaming up on hypersonic weapons development. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia and the United States are partnering to develop and test an air-launched hypersonic cruise missile under the bilateral Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment program, or SCIFiRE, the two countries announced Monday.

From the U.S. perspective, the effort falls under the Allied Prototyping Initiative, which is managed by the Directorate of Advanced Capabilities within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

The program will be executed by the U.S. Air Force under the auspices of the weapons program executive officer, and it will leverage more than 15 years of collaboration on research into scramjets, rocket motors, sensors and advanced manufacturing materials between the two countries.

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