Russia to Establish “Super-holding” Company for Hypersonic Weapons Development

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

RIA Novosti has an update on Russia’s efforts to field a generation of hypersonic weapons in response to U.S. efforts to do to the same:

Russia will set up an aerospace “super-holding” company consisting of missile makers NPO Mashinostroyenie and Tactical Missiles Corporation to develop hypersonic weapon technology, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday….

In May, during a visit to Tactical Missiles Corporation’s NPO Raduga missile design bureau, Rogozin called on Russia’s defense industry to develop hypersonic air-breathing weapons as a future strike system.

He picked out American development work in the X-51, Falcon, HiFire and HyFly programs as examples of what he described as the perspective threat posed by U.S. hypersonic development work….

NPO Mashinostroyenie, based at Reutov just east of Moscow, has designed and produced most of the Russian Navy’s submarine-launched cruise missiles as well as satellites and other space systems, and has previously conducted extensive research into hypersonic weapons technology, including making a prototype hypersonic air-launched missile called GELA.

NPO Mashinostroyenie is also the Russian partner in the BrahMos joint venture with India to develop the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, based on the Russian 3M55 Oniks. BrahMos has said it is developing a hypersonic successor system to its existing supersonic missiles in partnership with India.

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