France Gears Up For Hypersonic Glide Test

For its hypersonic glide vehicle demonstrator, France is utilizing Onera’s S4 wind tunnel, previously used to study atmospheric re-entry of space vehicles and missile flight.
Credit: Onera
PARIS—ArianeGroup is about to test-fly a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) in a proof-of-concept for a future deep-strike weapon equipped with a conventional warhead for French forces. The Experimental Maneuvering Vehicle (V-Max) program was announced in 2019. The first flight is to take place soon, an...
Thierry Dubois

Thierry Dubois has specialized in aerospace journalism since 1997. An engineer in fluid dynamics from Toulouse-based Enseeiht, he covers the French commercial aviation, defense and space industries. His expertise extends to all things technology in Europe. Thierry is also the editor-in-chief of Aviation Week’s ShowNews. 

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