General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) participated in the successful testing of the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) during the joint U.S. Army/Navy flight test Flight Experiment 2 (FE-2).
The test was in support of the U.S. Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) and the Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) programs.
This event was one in a series of tests slated to be conducted by the joint services. GA-EMS provided flight hardware and cables, flight software inputs and testing, test event training, data network infrastructure and data management.
“This is a national priority program and test events like FE-2 are important in demonstrating and validating hypersonic flight capabilities,” stated Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “We are proud to leverage our expertise in manufacturing highly complex systems, design analysis, and flight test planning and execution to demonstrate this critical technology successfully in an operational setting. We look forward to further advancing these capabilities for the nation to effectively address emerging threats on the battlefield.”
Since 2006, GA-EMS has been working with industry, government and the Departments of Defense and Energy to develop and test hypersonic weapons. Currently, GA-EMS is providing manufacturing, production, engineering and technical support to integrate, test, and evaluate CHGB and flight test vehicles through system and subsystem-level ground and flight test activities.
Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB)
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. The glide warhead payload then glides unpowered to its target at hypersonic speeds.
In August 2019, Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynetics, was awarded a $351.6 million U.S. Army contract to produce C-HGB prototypes.
Under that Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) contract, DTS was contracted produce 20 glide body assemblies over a three-year agreement period for use by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), with an option for additional quantities.
DTS is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories for the development and production of the glide body. The company has also partnered with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the assembly, integration, and testing of the glide body.
The effort is part of the U.S. Army’s number one modernization priority – Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) — and administered by the Army Hypersonic Project Office, part of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO).