Pentagon Preps Boutique Industry For Large-Scale Production

A single B-1B is now expected to carry up to six AGM-183As, which is part of a strategy shift driving Pentagon planners to focus on laying the groundwork for affordable large-scale production of future hypersonic missiles.
Credit: Lockheed Martin
As the U.S. hypersonic weapons strategy tilts toward valuing a quantity approach, the new focus for top defense planners—even as a four-year battery of flight testing begins—is to create an industrial base that can produce missiles affordably enough that the high-speed weapons can be purchased in...

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