HYDEF users limit requirements for supersonic interceptors

Four of the five participating nations in the Hypersonic Defense (HYDEF) program – namely Belgium, Germany, Poland and Spain (excluding Norway) – came to Nuremberg, Germany for the second, two-day key stakeholder workshop on the 13th and 14th February, 2024.

It started in 2021, the HYDEF project calls for an intra-atmospheric (within Earth’s atmosphere) interceptor to eliminate hypersonic threats.

Led by Spanish missile supplier SMS, the consortium includes 14 companies from seven different European countries, including the Czech Republic and Sweden, specializing in air defense applications.

The first meeting of key stakeholders started in late November 2023 in Madrid, where all five states participated in meetings aimed at promoting communication and understanding of each other’s requirements.

Under the watchful eye of Europe’s program management body, the Organization for Common Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR), countries narrowed down their national requirements for the future hypersonic air defense system as part of the conceptual design phase.

It was agreed that the next key stakeholder workshop will take place in June 2024 as part of the ongoing process of ongoing alignment between stakeholders and the HYDEF consortium.

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Over the next three years the HYDEF consortium will work on the first phase of the program, the conceptual study, for which the main objective is to assess the feasibility.

This first phase will be divided into two main activities, leading to MDR (pre-feasibility) and PRR (feasibility or Phase A), plus a parallel activity to early mature critical technologies and designs.

According to GlobalData, the push to acquire a hypersonic interceptor stems from the reality that the US, Russia and China are testing hypersonic technology, “raising fears of an escalating global arms race that has the potential to render current defenses inadequate ».

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Participating nations sit around a table to discuss their national requirements for the supersonic interceptor. Credit: OCCAR.

Learning from existing missile defense programs

Likewise, another part of the gathering saw attendees exploring its potential IRIS-T air defense system on a factory tour by the original German equipment manufacturer, Diehl Defence.

Currently, Diehl’s IRIS-T surface-launched medium-range (SLM) system has seen an increasing number of adoptions over the past year, the most recent customer being Slovenia at the end of January 2024. Others include Germany, Estonia and Latvia – with systems donated to Ukraine – throughout 2023.

The launcher unit is based on a MAN 8×8 truck with eight missile container launchers mounted on the rear. The missile container launcher arrangement consists of two arrays of four missiles.

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Diehl Defence’s Iris-T mobile air defense system. Credit: Diehl Defence.

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