VTG to support US Navy’s hypersonic strike capability
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VTG to support US Navy’s hypersonic strike capability

15 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 15th, 2021 11:31)

The single-award contract will see VTG support the Conventional Prompt Strike Program Office, a division of the US Navy’s SSP.

VTG to support US Navy’s hypersonic strike capability
A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii. Credit: United States Navy/commons.wikimedia.org.

VTG has secured a single-award prime contract to provide engineering services for the US Navy’s hypersonic strike capability.

Awarded by the US Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), the contract will see the digital transformation solutions provider provide research and development (R&D) expertise, systems engineering, test planning, as well as test engineering.

The company will also deliver logistics and other programmatic and technical services to support the SSP division Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) Program Office.

VTG president and CEO John Hassoun said: “VTG is honoured to partner with Navy SSP and the CPS Program Office in developing and fielding a hypersonic weapon.

“We recognise the importance of hypersonic technologies as a deterrent to near-peer competitors and we are proud to be a key member of the growing hypersonic industrial base.”

The navy’s CPS offensive hypersonic strike capability features a hypersonic glide body and a two-stage booster.

It will fly at speeds of more than Mach 5 and can be launched from submarines and surface ships.

The missile will be capable of conducting accurate long-range strikes against ‘deep-inland, time-critical, soft-hardened and medium-hardened targets’.

To be fielded by both the US Navy and the US Army, the common hypersonic missile’s design will be led by the navy.

CPS weapon system deployment onboard the Zumwalt-class destroyers is scheduled for FY2025, with deployment aboard Virginia-class attack submarines expected in FY2028.

VTG chief growth officer Sunil Ramchand said: “VTG is excited to add hypersonics to our growing portfolio of engineering expertise.

“We’re looking forward to supporting the CPS programme and doing what we do best, leveraging top engineering and technical talent to rapidly deliver transformative capabilities and technologies to the fleet.”

Last month, VTG acquired ASSETT, a provider of undersea warfare and uncrewed systems technologies provider.

In July, VTG announced that it would install and integrate the directed energy weapon AN/SEQ-4 Optical Dazzler Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) on five US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.