Hypersonic refers to aerial objects—including aircraft, missiles, rockets, and spacecraft—that can reach speeds through the atmosphere greater than Mach 5. The US, Russia, and China are all testing hypersonic technology, generating fears of escalating global competition for weaponry that has the potential to render current defenses inadequate. The reported use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine represents the first time the weapons have been deployed operationally. This usage, along with the pace of development in China, has raised concerns about the progress of the other major superpowers’ programs. There are three main categories of hypersonic weapons underdevelopment, distinguishable by the methods that they deploy to reach hypersonic speeds. These three categories are hypersonic ballistic missiles, hypersonic cruise missiles, and hypersonic glide vehicles (or boost-glide missiles).
The hypersonic technologies thematic intelligence report provides a briefing on the theme with detailed analysis of market opportunity, and factors driving its development and adoption. The report also presents key technology, macroeconomic and regulatory trends impacting the theme.
Hypersonic Technologies Industry Analysis
Currently, the development and procurement of hypersonic missiles represent a relatively small portion of the missiles and missile defense market. In the next decade, the missiles segment will be driven by multiple high-value procurement programs worldwide, including the AGM-181 Long Range Stand Off Weapon (LRSO), Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI), Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), and Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) by the US, Kh-95 and Kh-47M2 Khinzhal by Russia, Dong Feng-21 by China, and AGM-88 HARM by Saudi Arabia, among others. Through this decade, modern military forces are expected to develop hypersonic missiles in their arsenals. However, the US is investing heavily in the development of multiple hypersonic weapons programs.
The industry analysis section also covers:
- Mergers & acquisitions
- Case studies
Key Hypersonic Technologies Trends
The main trends shaping the hypersonic technologies theme are classified into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
- Technology trends – The key technology trends impacting the hypersonic technologies theme, including high speed & maneuverability, 3D printing, scramjet propulsion, AI, associated technology, and wind tunnel development.
- Macroeconomic trends – The report analyses macroeconomic trends impacting the hypersonic technologies theme, including great power competition, investment boost, European investment, industry consolidation, and the war in Ukraine.
- Regulatory trends – The report highlights the key regulatory trends impacting the hypersonic technologies theme, including international treaties, new start, potential new agreement, nuclear capability, arctic expansion, hypersonic program maturity, and government scrutiny.
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Hypersonic Technologies Value Chain Analysis
Testing systems, thermal technology, hypersonic engines, control systems, warheads, missile bodies, and hypersonic defense are the key technologies to the development of hypersonic technology and will be critical in the coming years. As more countries join the hypersonic technology industry, there will be further demand increases. As this technology progresses through development, it will also require assistive technology such as space systems, launching capabilities, 3D printing, and AI.
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Leading Companies in the Hypersonic Technologies Theme
Some of the public and private companies making their mark within the hypersonic technologies theme:
- Aerojet Rocketdyne
- Hanwha Defense
- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
- Brahmos Aerospace
Defense Sector Scorecard – Hypersonic Technologies Theme
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- The thematic screen tells us who are the overall leaders in the 10 themes that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future performance.
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- The risk screen ranks companies within a particular sector based on overall investment risk.
Defense Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen
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Hypersonic Technologies Theme Overview
|Hypersonic Technologies definition||Hypersonic refers to aerial objects—including aircraft, missiles, rockets, and spacecraft—that can reach speeds through the atmosphere greater than Mach 5|
|Hypersonic Technologies trends||Technology, Macroeconomic, Regulatory|
|Segmentation||Hypersonic Ballistic Missiles, Hypersonic Cruise Missiles, and Hypersonic Glide Vehicles|
|Value chains||Testing Systems, Thermal Technology, Hypersonic Engines, Control Systems, Warheads, Missile Bodies, and Hypersonic Defense|
|Leading companies||Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Dynetics, Hanwha Defense, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Brahmos Aerospace, Calspan, CASIC, Exquadrum, and Hermeus|
Reasons to Buy
- Determine potential investment companies based on trend analysis and market projections.
- Gaining an understanding of the market challenges and opportunities surrounding the hypersonic technologies theme.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Hypersonix Launch Systems
Israel Aerospace Industries
Rhea Space Activity
Ursa Major Technologies
Table of Contents
Our Thematic Research Methodology
List of Tables
Regimes of Flight
US hypersonic weapons progams
Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
List of Figures
Hypersonic technology – Leading Players
The basic principle of jet engines
Anatomy of a turbojet engine
Anatomy of a turbofan engine
Anatomy of a ramjet engine
Anatomy of a scramjet engine
Flight trajectory of ballistic missiles vs. hypersonic boost-glide weaepons
Global missiles and missile defense systems market in major countries ($ billion), 2021–2031
US hypersonic weapons development proposed budget 2023 ($M)
The “OODA” Loop
The hypersonic technology timeline
The hypersonic technology value chain
Hypersonic testing systems leaders and challengers
Hypersonic thermal technology leaders and challengers
Hypersonic engines leaders and challengers
Hypersonic control systems leaders and challengers
Hypersonic warheads leaders and challengers
Hypersonic missile bodies leaders and challengers
Hypersonic defense leaders and challengers
Sector Scorecard – Who’s Who
Sector Scorecard – Thematic Screen
Sector Scorecard – Valuation
Sector Scorecard – Risk screen
Frequently Asked Questions
Hypersonic refers to aerial objects—including aircraft, missiles, rockets, and spacecraft—that can reach speeds through the atmosphere greater than Mach 5.
The main trends shaping the hypersonic technologies theme are technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
Testing systems, thermal technology, hypersonic engines, control systems, warheads, missile bodies, and hypersonic defense are the segments of the Hypersonic Technologies value chain.
The key segments of the Hypersonic Technologies are hypersonic ballistic missiles, hypersonic cruise missiles, and hypersonic glide vehicles.
Some of the leading companies in the Hypersonic Technologies theme are Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Dynetics, Hanwha Defense, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Brahmos Aerospace, Calspan, CASIC, Exquadrum, and Hermeus.
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