The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force have chosen the contractor teams that will compete in the six-month first phase of the Force Application and Launch from the Continental U.S. (FALCON) program. FALCON is aimed at developing a hypersonic weapon system capable of striking targets 9,000 nautical miles away in less than two hours (DAILY, Oct. 24). FALCON will consist of two elements - a hypersonic cruise vehicle (HCV) that would take off from a ...

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