Wanted: Hypersonic missile with standardized payload interface capable of performing multiple types of missions

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – US Air Force researchers are launching an obscure project to develop a large air-breathing missile capable of performing multiple types of missions with a standardized payload interface.

Officials at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, released a general agency announcement Monday (FA8650-17-S-2002_Call_003) regarding the Expendable Hypersonic program. Multi-Mission ISR and Strike (Mayhem).

This potential $334 million project aims to provide a significant technological advancement and future capability, with a standardized payload interface that would create several different opportunities for payload integration within the same hypersonic system.

Mayhem payloads are expected to involve the delivery of kinetic or explosive weapons, or intelligence and reconnaissance sensor payloads at hypersonic speeds. Hypersonic generally refers to objects traveling faster than Mach 5, or 3,836 miles per hour.

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Few additional technical details about Project Mayhem are freely available. Companies interested in bidding should email Megan Rosenbeck of the Air Force at [email protected] and Joseph Cook [email protected] by March 15, 2022 to request a set of Mayhem proposal requirements.

Interested companies should submit their proposals no later than May 24, 2022. Send unclassified proposals on CD by courier or post to Joseph Cook or Megan Rosenbeck at AFRL/RQHP Building 45, RM 90 2130 8th St. Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433. Air Force researchers say they expect to award a contract by Dec. 5, 2022.

More information is online at https://sam.gov/opp/4d1797ce5cd04eb4a9f7e77756031d81/view.