· The role of the UK Missile Defence Centre (MDC)
· How the MDC is developing its thinking in understanding the challenge of mitigating Hypersonic Glide Vehicle systems
· Hypersonic vehicle design considerations, as well as the associated challenges that sensor and Command and Control (C2) architectures must overcome to help mitigate the hypersonic threat
· Operational and strategic implications of the hypersonic missiles threat
· Emerging hypersonic threat: Adversaries’ efforts to develop hypersonic strike capabilities
· Current shortcomings in existing strategic air and missile defence systems
· The potential strategic coercive effect of hypersonic weapons and defending against them
This session will focus on the research base, industrial base and international cooperation needed to develop a hypersonics and counter-hypersonics capability.
· What missions will hypersonic weapons be used for?
· Are they the most cost-effective means of executing these potential missions?
· Factors that led to the acceleration of efforts to deploy hypersonic weapons
· How will hypersonic weapons be integrated into joint operational doctrine and concepts?
· Russian and Chinese hypersonic capabilities: Implications for NATO and partners
· Cost-benefit analysis will be key to effective leveraging of hypersonic technologies
· Capture the configuration of a postulated UK Hypersonic Glide Vehicle concept HGV
· The proposal is entirely conceptual, based on a quick-look assessment by the author in order to exercise tools and techniques
· Vehicle design process and the proposed solution, taking into account key constraints
· Performance assessments of the proposed solution in terms of maximum flight range and divert capability
· Challenges and opportunities in hypersonic aerothermodynamics
· Need for advanced test facilities, instrumentations and diagnostics
· New research opportunities in environment-material interactions
· The importance of workforce development
•OUSDR&E prioritising creating hypersonic airbreathing cruise missile capabilities to bring significant loadout and mass to the fight
•OUSDR&E with the Navy creating a “National University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics Research”
•Our hypersonics strategy requires whole nation effort: Need to leverage best and brightest at universities to address significant S&T gaps
•In accordance with the National Defense Strategy (NDS), OUSDR&E is pursuing efforts to co-develop hypersonic systems and technologies with allies to produce capabilities greater than what we can achieve separately