No threat is static. Today, the world faces the challenge of hypersonic missiles and maneuvering reentry vehicles that can move through the atmosphere at more than five times the speed of sound. Protecting one’s homeland and regional forces against these modern destructive weapons is a significant challenge. Northrop Grumman is working on groundbreaking solutions to help defeat modern hypersonic missiles in various phases of flight.
Transformational missile defence requires a pioneering combination of current and emerging technologies expertly brought together to neutralize the threat.
Northrop Grumman has sources lately stressed that it has the expertise, talent and technology required to tackle the challenge of defeating hypersonic maneuvering vehicles and advanced cruise missiles.
According to Aviation Week, the U.S. Air Force is studying options for a hypersonic demonstrator, including potentially a return to rocket-based combined-cycle concepts similar to the X-43B project that was canceled in the 2000s. To fully exploit the military utility of hypersonic speed in roles beyond high-speed weapons, the U.S. Air Force is stepping up its decades-long quest to develop a combined-cycle air-breathing system.