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. The report details the different types of hypersonic systems, the current status of hypersonic missile technology programs, and whether hypersonic missile programs utilize organic composite materials.