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ITWL in the European Program for Defense Against Hypersonic Threats (HYDEF)

The launch of the HYDEF program (Hypersonic Defence Interceptor Study) brings Europe closer to enhancing its capabilities in the area of defense against hypersonic threats. On October 31, 2023, in Bonn, Germany, a contract was signed between OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement) and the company Sistemas de Misiles de España (SMS), officially initiating this groundbreaking initiative. Two Polish entities, the Air Force Institute of Technology (ITWL) and the Institute of Aviation – Łukasiewicz Research Network, are part of the international consortium implementing the project.

The HYDEF program is a first-of-its-kind European initiative aimed at countering hypersonic threats. The consortium includes 14 entities from seven European countries. The Institute will contribute its rich experience and knowledge in aviation technology to the project.

Objectives of the HYDEF Program

The program aims to address the growing threat posed by hypersonic maneuvering missiles and gliding hypersonic systems. The consortium will strive to create an integrated cross-border supply chain that enhances interoperability and establishes standards for new capabilities in air defense.

The program envisions establishing an integrated system capable of detecting and intercepting hypersonic threats by combining various sensors, including those partially deployed in space, with the interception system. The strategy involves leveraging existing NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) command and control systems.

HYDEF has a total budget of 110 million euros, with a significant portion, namely 100 million euros, financed by the European Defence Fund (EDF). This program is closely linked to the European Union's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) program named "Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance" (TWISTER).

ITWL's active participation in the HYDEF program reflects the institute's commitment to developing innovative aviation technologies and strengthening European defense against hypersonic threats.



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