The U.S. Navy is looking to expand its long-range strike capabilities with the addition of hypersonic missiles to its fleet.
The service is working to equip its Zumwalt guided-missile destroyers with its Conventional Prompt Strike hypersonic weapon and achieve initial operating capability by 2025, mentioned Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday during the 2022 McAleese Defense Programs Conference.
Gilday said the Navy’s hypersonic weapons will augment its continued investments in Maritime Strike Tomahawk and Standard Missile 6 to deliver “weapons launch from the sea with range and speed.”
The Navy’s Zumwalt destroyers are set to integrate the Common Hypersonic Glide Body weapon, which was developed jointly by the Army, Navy and Air Force.
“With respect to the weapon, we’re hand in glove with the Army so it’s going to be the same weapon,” Gilday explained.
Recently, U.S. government contractors have seen a rise in requests from European allies for missiles, drones and other weapons systems due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In response, the Department of Defense is looking to speed up weapons production.