US and Norway will build an engine for hypersonic weapons
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US Department of Defense and the Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced the beginning of cooperation in developing a promising solid-fuel ramjet engine that both countries could use in supersonic and hypersonic weapons, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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The joint work on the new “Tactical High-Speed Offensive Raft Jet Extended Range” (THOR-ER) will combine the US Navy Arms Research Center’s work in China Lake Norwegian Defense Research Center and the Norwegian industrial company Nammo Group in all areas of assistive technology. Norway and the US may include the future in the high-velocity weapons program.
“I am very pleased with the prospects for this initiative. This will not only change the situation in our armed forces but will also take bilateral cooperation to an entirely new level,” said Norwegian Defense Director Morten Tiller.
Tiller explained that the THOR-ER project would include the results of many years of research and development by Norwegian scientists in the field of jet and rocket technology. “The Nammo Group’s contribution to this project, along with its strong track record of partnering with US missile manufacturers, reinforces my optimism about the co-production prospects,” he said.
Joint work on the THOR-ER program involves developing and integrating advances in solid propellant direct-flow jet technologies into full-size prototypes that are affordable and achieve the highest speeds. It is noted that the completion of the program is expected by the end of 2024, when, after flight tests, both countries will prepare the technology for use on military fighters.
USAF landed a supersonic bomber in the Arctic
As we reported on March 10, for the first time in history, an American strategic bomber landed on an Allied airbase outside the Arctic Circle,. It was one of four B-1B Lancers currently in Norway on an Allied mission during which they operated, among others, together with Norway, Denmark, Germany, and Poland. Also, this is the first time that these machines have been introduced in Norway.
Four B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bombers landed at Ørland Air Base in southern Norway in early February 2021 and will remain there until almost March. The machines are permanently stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Still, the crews and more than 2,000 ground personnel already have some experience operating from air bases in the north, but so far, they have only been installations in the United States. For the first time and in such a long time, the planes operated from Norway using the Allied support and logistics system.
From the point of view of USAF’s operational activities, the most interesting is undoubtedly a small episode: the landing of one of the B-1B Lancer bombers at the Bodø base in Nordland. It locates outside the Arctic Circle. The Norwegian F-16, responsible for intercepting Russian aircraft operating over the North Sea, most often from bases on the Kola Peninsula, is stationed here permanently.
Bodø fighters often collide with the Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers. This time the American bomber landed here, refueled, and after a short stop rose into the air.
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