Aerojet Rocketdyne nets $12.1M for anti-hypersonic missile program+

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded a $12.1 million contract — which could be worth up to $19.6 million — by the Defense Research Projects Agency for its Glide Breaker program.

The contract, announced Monday by Aerojet and the Department of Defense, continues work on the program, which started in 2018 to develop technologies to defense against hypersonic systems.

‘Advancing hypersonic technology is a national security imperative,’ Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president said in a press release. ‘Our team is proud to apply our decades of experience developing hypersonic and missile propulsion technologies to the Glide Breaker program.’

The Glide Breaker system aims to intercept and engage hypersonic threats in the upper atmosphere.

In December, Russian officials announced that the country’s first hypersonic ballistic missiles had been put into service — and that, because they can travel at the speed of sound, they should be invulnerable to U.S. defense systems…”

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