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Kevin Mahaffy, Chief Executive Officer
Kristina Hendrix, APR
Corporate Communications Manager
Exquadrum and Dynetics have partnered to develop a ground-based weapons delivery system.
ADELANTO, CA, 20 Nov 2018 – A team comprised of Exquadrum, Inc. of Adelanto, Calif., and Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded a contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the Operational Fires (OpFires) Propulsion System program, the team will design and develop innovative technologies that enable an advanced tactical weapon system.
Exquadrum is the prime on the $15.1 million contract, which is a two-phased effort over 24 months. The program aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system for hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets.
Exquadrum will lead the development and demonstration of the team’s innovative propulsion system technologies. It will perform fabrication and sub-scale testing in Adelanto. Large subsystem and system-level testing will be conducted in their Victorville, California, facility at Southern California Logistics Airport.
“We are thrilled to be part of this DARPA program,” said Kevin Mahaffy, Chief Executive Officer of Exquadrum. “We formed the team and developed the innovative approach specifically for OpFires. We’re excited that DARPA recognized the potential to offer ground-breaking capability to the warfighter.”
Dynetics will lead system engineering and integration, as well as produce the team’s design for the OpFires operational booster. It will also advise on propulsion technologies and lead development of other booster subsystems, such as avionics and controls.