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HyStrike/FastHawk missile

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posted on Nov, 25 2002 @ 11:37 PM
HyStrike will begin the development of an operational hypersonic weapon that will be fielded in the 2005 to 2012 time frame. A Low-Cost Missile with reduced radar cross-section is to be demonstrated by the US Navy. The surface-launched system could hit underground targets to a depth of 12 meters after flying at beyond Mach 4. The wingless missile would change direction in flight by using a bending body joint. The LCMS concept comprises a fin-less, bending body airframe, fixed geometry annular inlet, and a slip-out booster/ramjet engine. It demonstrates through a series of ground and flight tests the technologies required to deliver a 700-pound payload to a range exceeding 700 nautical miles at a speed of Mach 4.0.

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