Pentagon Orders Hypersonic Missile Trackers Amid Russia, China Arms Race (Source newsweek.com)
The Pentagon has chosen two companies to build prototype sensors able to track hypersonic weapons as the U.S. seeks to expand both its offensive and defense hypersonic technology amid a nascent arms race with Russia and China. The Missile Defense Agency this month awarded $122 million to L3Harris and $155 million to Northrop Grumman to work on their sensors, which will be able to track incoming hypersonic weapons from space. The project is known as the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor, or HBTSS. Hypersonic weapons pose an unprecedented threat. Unlike traditional ballistic missiles, hypersonic projectiles can maneuver in flight, making them more difficult to intercept.