Dynetic [LDOS] received a $ 478.6 million prototype contract from the military to work on the development of a hypersonic thermal protection (TPS) system for future hypersonic weapons.
The Army’s Office of Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies (RCCTO) awarded the contract to Dynetics on November 19, which includes a 72-month baseline period covering delivery of TPS prototypes with an option for delivery of additional systems.
“The thermal protection system protects the elements of the [Army’s] The Long Range Hypersonic Weapons System (LRHW) and the Navy’s Conventional Rapid Strike (CPS) in the extreme environments observed during flight. The effort will integrate and install TPS to support LRHW and CPS program deliveries, ”said Robert Strider, deputy director of the RCCTO Army Hypersonic Project Office. Daily Defense Monday.
A total of five bids were submitted for the Hypersonic TPS job, while Strider said details of the other companies were competitive and could not be disclosed.
“[Dynetics] will develop hypersonic TPS prototypes from a new, maturing engineering data package, support materials research, and explore new inspection and acceptance criteria, ”Strider said.
Dynetics was previously the prime contractor responsible for produce the common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) for future LRHW and CPS hypersonic platforms (Daily Defense, August 30, 2019).
At the end of September, the army ground equipment commissioning completed for its first prototype hypersonic weapon battery, minus live ammunition, to soldiers of the I Corps’ 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington (Daily Defense, October 7).
Lt. Gen. Neil Thurgood, director of the Army RCCTO, told reporters in October that the Army unit is preparing to operate the service’s first prototype hypersonic weapons battery will be start receiving live hypersonic missile shells in fall 2022 (Daily Defense, October 13).