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Full Speed Ahead: Hypersonic Threats and Ship Survivability

Justin Bronk
RUSI Defence Systems, 11 March 2016
Aerospace, Air Power and Technology, Military Sciences, Maritime Forces
Hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a fast-approaching threat forcing new demands on navies to protect their major surface combatants

Hypersonic flight is generally understood to refer to speeds above Mach 5, or roughly almost 4,000 mile per hour. The extreme heat and pressure forces created by travelling at such speeds, especially at low altitudes where anti-ship missiles must operate, are barriers that missile engineers have until recently found insurmountable.

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Justin Bronk
Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology

Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow specialising in combat airpower and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI. He is also... read more

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