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Advisory Board To Recommend ‘Next Step’ In Hypersonics Research

FY-15 study could explore MQ-9 survivability

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board is preparing to recommend a “next step” toward developing a hypersonic weapon capability, a SAB official said this week.

The board met in Washington June 24 to discuss study options for fiscal year 2015, which one source said might include MQ-9 survivability and deterring conflict in space, and to discuss the preliminary findings and recommendations of three fiscal year 2014 studies: nuclear command, control and communications (NC3), defense of forward-operating bases, and the technology readiness of hypersonic weapons.

“From what I’ve seen of where the hypersonics team is at, they’re probably going to recommend some kind of next step with respect to hypersonic weapons,” SAB Deputy Executive Director Lt. Col. Darren Edmonds said in a June 24 interview with Inside the Air Force, during which he discussed the status of the three studies.