Hypersonic Missile Research

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The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first flight of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept in November 2011 (U.S. Army photo by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command).

What is the current state of hypersonic missile programs and are organic composites being used as part of the solution?

DSIAC received a technical inquiry stemming from the New York Times article “Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race” regarding information on the current status of hypersonic missile technology and whether or not the technology utilizes any organic composite materials.  DSIAC materials engineering subject matter experts at the Texas Research Institute Austin compiled materials from recently attended hypersonics forums and literature searches using DTIC's R&E Gateway and open sources in a response report delivered to the inquirer. 

Inquiry Completion Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2019
Distribution Statement: 
A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.