Ramjet Tactical Missile Propulsion Status
ATLANTIC RESEARCH CORP GAINESVILLE VA
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Internationally, and within the US, there is a considerable interest and corresponding financial investment in hypersonic Mach 6 airbreathing missile propulsion to provide the increased speed and standoff ranges desired for future weapon systems. While this experimental work is continuing, there have been significant activities in ramjet Mach 2-5 missile developments in the US and around the world, involving flight testing and newly deployed missile systems. Anti-ship missiles continue to proliferate and the US has responded with a ramjet missile target development and related weapon studies. Anti-radiation missiles, time-critical strike missiles, and air-air missiles are also in development. Several historical and current programs at ARC are helping to close the gap in US capabilities relative to other nations. This paper will briefly cover international developments in ramjet-powered missiles taking place in recent years, and describe current ramjet missile and propulsion technology developments within the US.
- Guided Missiles
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines