US Army, Navy, Air Force, and MDA Jointly Developing Hypersonic Weapon

On October 22, the U.S. Army confirmed its collaboration with the Navy, the Air Force, and the Missile Defense Agency to develop hypersonic weapons, amid developments in hypersonic missile testing in Russia and China. According to the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), the three armed services and the MDA are collaborating on a common Hypersonic Glide Body (HGB), which is predicted to be operational by 2022. To manage the development and production of the HGB, the SMDC intends to set up a program office in 2019, allowing for this collaboration between services and agencies. The glide body is predicted to be adapted for launch by Air Force B-52Hs, Navy ships and submarines, and Army missile launchers. MDA officials are also reported to be designing a space-based sensor layer that would be able to detect and track hypersonic missiles on their flight path.