Amid the efforts by the U.S. military and its potential adversaries to develop hypersonic weapons, an increasing number of defense companies are looking to crank up existing missile-defense systems to counter faster-flying threats.
“There [are] some technologies that are there today that are fielded that are effective,” Scott Greene, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s $10 billion Missiles and Fire Control business, said in an interview on Wednesday. “And there’s some incremental things that you can do to the platforms that are out there today to make them more effective.”
Lockheed Martin makes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, air defense system, PAC-3 Patriot interceptor, and missile tracking radar. While Greene wouldn’t get into specifics, he said hypersonic defense is similar to traditional missile defense…
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