U.S. Military to Test New Hypersonic Weapons

The U.S. Military braces up to accommodate flight testing of hypersonic weapon system flight test automobiles, in response to a Federal Business Opportunities notice issued earlier this month.

The Army Contracting Command (ACC) has released a request for information on testing support for hypersonic weapons, particularly “the current, new, and evolving Hypersonic Test Engineering, Mission Planning and Systems (HyTEMPS) standards.”

The U.S. Military needs information on potential sources that may provide the mandatory technical skills, amenities, and personnel to support the current, new, and evolving HyTEMPS standards, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

This RFI aims to obtain knowledge of the capabilities, capacity, and expertise of potential distributors regarding approaches to accommodate flight testing of flight test autos, in addition to recommended contractual criteria. At the moment, the Federal Government is contemplating completing a contract award no later than June 2020 with an acquisition strategy of an overall four-year contract valued below $100M.

The contractor must possess a top-secret facility clearance and secret safeguarding capability at the time of the contract award. Moreover, as determined by the cognizant Government authority, all contractor personnel that performs contractor duties in support of the ensuing contract at a Government site requiring access to categorized data should be U.S. residents and have a secret clearance at the time of the contract.

In keeping with open sources, Hypersonic strike weapons, capable of flying speeds above Mach 5, are a crucial aspect of the long-range precision fire modernization effort for the Military and the national safety strategy to fight with and oust potential threats.

By Brooks Schroth

Brooks is a 25-year technology sector veteran with a background in enterprise software, market research, electronics, mobility, and digital imaging. He has been a photographer and developed remote control plane since highschool. Further, Brooks combined his ardor for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by learning aerial photography from human-crewed aircraft.

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