Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

1. Hypervelocity Vehicle Propulsion (Japan, Germany)

Description: The development of hypervelocity vehicles depends greatly upon advanced rocket propulsion techniques, as well as advances in airframe design, and guidance and control. Advances in propulsion technology (specifically air-breathing propulsion) are necessary to support near term objectives of U.S. Army missile development programs.

Justification: Advances in hypersonic/hypervelocity (Mach 6-8), shortening engagement cycle times, and increasing system lethality threat handling capabilities will enhance close combat and short range air defense missions. Japan and Germany have significant experience in the design, manufacture, and testing of air-breathing rocket motors and components. Japan has initiated a broad-based initiative to develop materials and structural/aerodynamic design techniques for hypervelocity transport , the results of which could contribute to this effort. The focus of efforts is towards a multi-mission kinetic energy missile capable of being launched from multiple light platforms, and hitting a target with 3-5 times the kinetic energy of tank cannons.

Implementation: Inquiries regarding potential cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the POCs identified below.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]


Mr. Thomas K. Lambert
Scty Asst Mgt Dir
U.S. Army Missile Command
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5210
e-mail: [email protected]