Lockheed Martin Awarded $929 Million Contract For Hypersonic Weapon To Counter Russia, China

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

“This is the first phase of a development program, with future phases progressing through design, flight test, initial production and deployment of the weapon system at early operational capability. The contract ceiling through early operational capability is $928 million.”

“Our goal is rapid development and fielding of the HCSW system, and this contract is the first step in achieving that goal,” said John Snyder, vice president of Air Force Strategic Programs at Lockheed Martin.

He added, “design, development, production, integration and test experts from across Lockheed Martin will partner with the Air Force to achieve early operational capability and deliver the system to our warfighters. We are incredibly proud to be leading this effort.”

The HCSW team will work on the hypersonic missile program at numerous locations in the U.S., including in Huntsville, Alabama; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Orlando, Florida; with additional support in Denver, Colorado, and Sunnyvale, California.

Lockheed Martin has the most experince when it comes to developing and testing hypersonic weapons and vehicles than any other U.S. defense company. On an international stage, U.S. defense companies are severely behind the technology curve when it comes to developing and fielding these powerful weapons for the modern battlefield.

In March, the United States Strategic Commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. is vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic missiles and is quickly falling behind the technological curve for hypersonics.

“We [U.S.] don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon [hypersonic missiles] against us,” warned Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

Hyten further said, “both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities. We have watched them test those capabilities.”

“I think we have stability with Russia on the nuclear side,” he added. “We have an advantage with China on the nuclear side. But they are gaining ground quickly, especially when you look at space and cyber.”

Earlier this year, we reported that Russia test-fired a high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet in the South Military District in Russia’s southwest.

“The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,” the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation declared.

The defense ministry released exclusive video showing the hypersonic missile air launch from the underbelly of the MiG-31.

In late 2017, China conducted several tests of a hypersonic glide vehicle that could be used to defeat U.S. missile defense systems.

The arms race in hypersonic weapons has ushered in the next Cold War between the United States, Russia, and China. It is a repeating war cycle of madness where billions of dollars are being diverted to the military-industrial-complex. So, it is no surprise that Lockheed Martin was recently awarded roughly a billion dollars to develop and field hypersonic missiles for the Air Force.

Hypersonics will not make the world safer, but slightly more dangerous with global superpowers having the capabilities of hurling projectiles at March five or higher.

Last month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the 984 new lieutenants who were graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy to prepare for the worst: war. The warnings came a day before Mattis told troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., that “storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula.

The Pentagon is preparing for the upcoming war cycle, and it is apparent that fifth-generation war machines and hypersonic missiles will be the weapons of choice on the modern battlefield. 

Comments

Klassenfeind Escrava Isaura Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:04 Permalink

IMO this was the idea behind Putin's speech in March: push the US into another arms race.

Contrary to the 1980's and Reagan's Space Defence Initiative (SDI) which was the final nail in the Soviet Union, this time it seems the roles are revered.

The US is all but bankrupt (both morally and financially), while Russia has virtually no government debt, has plenty of gold reserves and plenty of oil and natural gas to weather any storm.

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Adolfsteinbergovitch peddling-fiction Sat, 06/09/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

Here we go again. The same old aurora project that couldn't fly at mach 6 20 years ago will fly at mach 10+ if we inject more money in it. 

Sure. 

Looking at the differences in design between the Russian and the American design leads to the suspicion that once more the American MIC is not interested in simple things that work. No no no. 

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calltoaccount Klassenfeind Sat, 06/09/2018 - 14:52 Permalink

"push the US into another arms race."

US doesn't need any pushing.  The military industrial national security sociopath complex w help from Trump, State, the CIA, and boatloads of congressional bribes is constantly ginning up anti-Russian, anti-N Korean, anti- Chinese sentiment, and inciting conflicts all over the world in order to create profitable new demand for their mega death arsenals.  They and those who cheer them on are not patriots, but predators of the most evil order.

  • Lockheed Martin.  
  • BAE Systems.  
  • Boeing.  
  • Northrop Grumman.  
  • General Dynamics.  

 

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Flatchestynerdette General Fuster Cluck Sat, 06/09/2018 - 16:47 Permalink

Why are the cities named?

The HCSW team will work on the hypersonic missile program at numerous locations in the U.S., including in Huntsville, Alabama; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Orlando, Florida; with additional support in Denver, Colorado, and Sunnyvale, California.

You don't see China pointing a bright red arrow to their facilities in their towns.

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Baron von Bud BabaLooey Sat, 06/09/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

Why are all these nations spending mega-billions on weapons when cooperation would yield a vastly better outcome. Donald Trump is a peacemaker or trying to be. The mic at home pushes back because they need conflict even if phony which most of it is. We said it fifty years ago. Give peace a chance. America and Russia together building a better world.

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calltoaccount NidStyles Sat, 06/09/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

"I just have wonder what the point of these are"
 

Chief executives of the top 10 U.S. military contractors were paid a total of about $160 million in 2016, according to company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/08/defense-ceo-salaries.html

The point is using every trick to keep the public stupid-- and the military budgets inflated beyond all reason.

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Katos BennyBoy Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:34 Permalink

Hahahahahah? Not even a billion start up money?? Heres the Lockheed con!! "We need less than a billion to get this started sir"?? 1.5 trillion dollars later, the F35 is the most pitiful piece of shit in the sky,  and there's only a handful of iditots who are stupid enough to get in and fly that piece of flying scrap metal. What a joke Lockheed is. An empty barrel for Congress to stuff money into, and take out as needed. Havent made a decent armament in 40 years. No wonder Russias winning

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Son of Captain Nemo Arnold Sat, 06/09/2018 - 09:09 Permalink

You mean like Israel that we give it away free to through our taxpayer $$$?... About the only buyer we have at this point for our shit with a required maintenance plan (if they want it to work) is Saudi Arabia

Unlike the Ruskies that have them lining up in India, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Philippines, China and Qatar for their tanks, planes and the "jewel in the crown" AD systems with their cash registers "ringing"!!!

And all the U.S. MIC can do is threaten anyone who doesn't buy their "shit" instead (https://www.rt.com/news/428817-qatar-saudi-missiles-russia/)

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I Am Jack's Ma… Son of Captain Nemo Sat, 06/09/2018 - 09:36 Permalink

Israel is one of the world’s top weapons sellers.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5174345,00.html

And they still get free weapons and cash from Uncle Sugar.

Hasbara frequently makes wild claims about Israeli R+D (they invented the vaccine, computer chips, and every effective new drug, you see) but won’t mention Israel, much like China, steals the majority of the tech it develops....  easy to make some marginal upgrade when you didnt have to put the time and money in designing and testing)

http://ariwatch.com/OurAlly/IsraeliMilitaryAndIndustrialEspionage.htm

 

And our Congress critters are divided on everything but the need to give them more next year, and their right to defend themselves from medics, toddlers, and legless, wheelchair-bound men locked up in an open air concentration camp.

 

Helluva set up.

 

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/israel-is-no-ally/

 

 

 

 

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rejected Son of Captain Nemo Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

"You mean like Israel that we give it away free to through our taxpayer $$$?... "

Yeah,,, Maybe the next time they attack a US ship they'll be successful.  And you know what? I'll bet Americans wouldn't care, just like they didn't care after they found out the USS Liberty was almost sunk by good little Israel.

"On orders from the White House, Admiral McCain, Senator McCain’s father, ordered a cover up. The Liberty’s crew were ordered not to mention the event. It was two decades before one of the Liberty’s officers, then retired, wrote the story. American taxpayers, who were shelling out billions of dollars from their desperate needs every year to enable Israel to purchase the US government with the billions of dollars hapless Americans are forced to hand over to Israel, knew nothing about the attack for 20 years."

Paul Craig Roberts. June 9.2018. 

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/06/08/israeli-attack-uss-liberty-…

And they still know nothing. Ask an American and 99% of the response will be "Liberty who?"  

But like Roberts,,, If you mention the truth your anti-Semitic and banned from all Israeli controlled media. 

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Son of Captain Nemo rejected Sat, 06/09/2018 - 11:26 Permalink

Well said indeed rej

But don't forget the ultimate sacrifice (https://www.wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it) that turned $2.3 trillion in missing debt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVpSBUgbxBU) into $20 trillion x 10 17 years later (https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-scholars-find-21-trillion-in-una…)!

Liking the smiling Uncle Remus 3 star nigger in this read said (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-19/top-us-general-says-american-…)... Happy to die for Israel at the drop of "hat"!

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curbjob Arnold Sat, 06/09/2018 - 09:41 Permalink

America should call this new weapon  "Nero's Fiddle" ..  for some historical context.

By the late 1950s, the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command was on the hunt for a new strategic bomber that was capable of replacing the B-52. The Valkyrie would have been armed with nuclear bombs and used for deep-penetration missions.

Conceptually, the B-70 was an invulnerable aircraft due to its ability to operate above 21,000 meters (70,000 ft) at a speed of Mach 3+, but the invention of surface-to-air missiles (SAM) rendered this invulnerability obsolete before it was fielded. To combat this, the aircraft was reimagined to fly at much lower altitudes to avoid the line of sight of fired SAMs.

As the decade came to an end, the development and implementation of intercontinental ballistic missiles replaced the aging strategic bomber fleet and the B-70 was no longer needed. By the time the program was concluded in 1961, the US Air Force had spent $1.5 billion, which would have equaled approximately $12 billion in 2015"

listverse.com/2016/10/29/10-ridiculously-expensive-weapons-canceled-or-never-used/

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shortonoil Arnold Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:29 Permalink

We would cordially like to thank Mr. Putin, and of course the US media who were willing to promote this story even though they knew exactly nothing about it. That type of blind, unshackled faith is sure to make AGA (America Great Again). Exploding, non productive debt, is the key as long as the proceeds go to the the proper entity. We are that entity.

Lockheed Martin

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