Hypersonic-missile research and demo pact signed by Northrop Grumman, DARPA

ARLINGTON, Va. the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has signed a contract worth $13 million with Northrop Grumman Systems for the research, development, and demonstration of a technology critical for enabling an advanced interceptor capable of engaging maneuvering hypersonic threats in the upper atmosphere.

Concept: DARPA

According to information from DARPA, “The objective of the Glide Breaker program is to further the capability of the United States to defend against supersonic and the entire class of hypersonic threats. Of particular interest are component technologies that radically reduce risk for development and integration of an operational, hard-kill system.”

Work by Northrop Grumman on this portion of the Glide Breaker project is expected to be completed in January 2021.