U.S. military seeks to maintain and improve on hypersonic missile defense using orbiting satellites

April 2, 2020
MDA awarded four $20 million contracts to companies to develop HBTSS prototypes in October -- Northrop Grumman, Leidos, Harris Corp., and Raytheon.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Huntsville, Ala., will continue development of a space-based sensor capable of tracking hypersonic threats even though funding for the program is moving to the Space Development Agency. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

2 April 2020 -- The Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) is meant to counter the growing threat of hypersonic weapons being developed by Russia and China.

Using a proliferated constellation of sensors in low earth orbit, HBTSS will be able to detect, track and maintain custody of hypersonic weapons as they traverse the globe, feeding that information to fire control systems that can eliminate the threat.

HBTSS will be part of the SDA’s new architecture consisting of hundred of satellites working together in low earth orbit, with the first tranche expected on orbit in 2022.

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John Keller, chief editor
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