Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $478,598,908 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of Hypersonic Thermal Protection System prototypes, support materials research, and novel inspection and acceptance criteria. Dynetics has a major role with offensive hypersonic technologies. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 18, 2027. Fiscal 2021 research, development, test and evaluation, Army funds in the amount of $478,598,908 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
Dynetics is an American applied science and information technology company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. Its primary customers are the United States Department of Defense (DoD), the United States Intelligence Community, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The company are building weapons systems that can travel at Mach 5 or higher, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound or up to 13,000 miles per hour. These weapons will be delivering residual combat capability to Soldiers by 2023 to counter and gain a lead on Russian and Chinese technological advances in this field.
The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) is a weapon system that uses a booster rocket motor to accelerate to well-above hypersonic speeds, and then jettisons the expended rocket booster. Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS) will produce 20 glide body assemblies for use by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency, with an option for additional quantities. Dynetics will collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories for development and production of the glide body. The company have also partnered with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the assembly, integration and test.
The Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) program will introduce a new class of ultrafast, maneuverable, long-range missiles that can launch from ground platforms. The LRHW prototype includes the new C-HGB, an existing, refurbished trailer and truck to be modified as a new launcher, and an existing Army command and control system. DTS was selected by Lockheed Martin to be a part of the LRHW systems integration contract. Dynetics will develop launchers with hydraulics, outriggers, power generation and distribution for the ground platform. The company will also provide flight test and training support.