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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2025
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: FALCON and HTV
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman
Parent System: HCV
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2025
Total Production: ?
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Description: The HCV (Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle) or HTV (Hypersonic Technology Vehicle) is an hypersonic, long range, strike aircraft being developed under the FALCON (Force Application and Launch from CONUS-Continental United States) initiative. The new aircraft will feature a cruise speed greater than Mach 10, a combat radius of 16,000 km, and payload of 5,550 kg. The HCV demonstrator first flight is planned for 2009 achieving initial operational capability as a global strike aircraft circa 2025. It will be able to hit any target on earth within 2 hours or less.

On 5 August 2004, the US Air Force and DARPA selected Lockheed-Martin team to conduct Phase II Task 2 effort. The Phase IIa six-month $8.4 million contract was awarded to Lockheed-Martin team for preliminary design of an hypersonic vehicle prototype. Phase IIb 30-month up to additional $97 million contract will be awarded following phase IIa completion for the development of an initial hypersonic vehicle testbed. Phase III will consists of multiple flight demonstrations.

Lockheed-Martin Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV) HTV-1 vehicle will feature state-of-the-art hypersonic technologies, HTV-2 and HTV-3 test vehicles will be second and third generation hypersonic technology with increasingly advanced aerodynamic configurations and thermal protection systems, improved guidance, navigation, control systems and reusable materials.

HCV Specifications

Max Range: 16,000 kilometer (8,639 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 8 mach (9,564 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 10 mach (11,955 kph)
Payload: 5,500 kilogram (12,125 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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HCV News

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3 Jul 2003 and 17 May 2017
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017Russian Voronezh Radars Designed to Track Hypersonic Targets at any Altitude
Monday, August 22, 2016Russia to Deploy Hypersonic Cruise Missiles Sooner Than Expected
Monday, August 25, 2014US Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Program Scores Another Failure
Tuesday, January 14, 2014China Developing WU-14 Hypersonic Cruise Missile
Thursday, August 11, 2011HTV-2 Hypersonic Test Ends in Failure
Tuesday, November 16, 2010DARPA Concludes Review of Falcon HTV-2 Flight Anomaly
Friday, April 23, 2010Falcon HTV-2 Launch Tests Hypersonic Vehicle Flight Capabilities
First Minotaur IV Lite Carrying DARPA's Falcon HTV-2 Payload Launched Successfully
Tuesday, May 5, 2009Dual-Mode Ramjet Engine Successfully Tested at Mach 4 Flight Conditions
Friday, January 27, 2006US Air Force Releases HTV Demonstrator Roadmap

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