MBDA receives contracts to begin HYDIS2 hypersonic interceptor concept phase


MBDA has recently signed two major contracts with the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), marking the launch of the concept phase of the HYDIS2 (Hypersonic Defence Interceptor Study) project. 

“These contracts involve a financing agreement (Grant Agreement), signed by MBDA as the coordinator of the HYDIS2 consortium, under the European Defence Fund, as well as an acquisition contract involving all member states (Linked Procurement Contract),” the manufacturer explained in a statement on May 15, 2024. 

In July 2023, the European Commission selected the HYDIS2 project for funding, with financial contributions from France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. 

This three-year concept phase, led by MBDA, aims to select the best hypersonic and antiballistic interceptor concept to meet the needs of European nations. The study involves multiple designs for interceptors with different architectures: one two-stage and two three-stage interceptors. 

The new phase, coordinated by MBDA, will harmonize operational scenarios, define threats, consolidate weapon system requirements, select an interceptor concept, and prepare for deployment by 2035. 

The HYDIS2 consortium, spearheaded by MBDA, unites 19 partners, over 20 subcontractors in 14 European nations, and research centers from several partner countries. 

During a briefing at the 2023 Paris Air Show, Lionel Mazenq, the Group Head of Programme Incubator at MBDA’s Future Systems Directorate, emphasized the European manufacturer’s expertise in creating effective interceptors, drawing on its experience in developing and producing long-range strike missiles.  

“Our expertise in long-range strike design enhances our understanding of how these threats may develop,” Mazenq explained. “This double combination of knowledge allows us to deliver real added value in countering hypersonic challenges.”  

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