HYDIS² consortium project for defense hypersonic interceptor proposed for funding from the European Commission


The consortium, coordinated by MBDA, proposed HYDIS² (HYpersonic Defense Interceptor Study), a project that brings together defense groups, institutions, SMEs, Mid-Caps and Universities, gathering the best expertise in the field of missiles across the Union European. France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands have already confirmed their support and commitment by signing a Letter of Intent and agreeing on the Common Initial Requirements.

The objective of HYDIS² is to study various interceptor concepts and to mature associated critical technologies to offer the best solution against hypersonic and ballistic threats, meeting the needs of the four Member States, and addressing the needs of the program TWISTER European Capacity Building of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).
This initiative represents a central element of the contribution of European states to the mission of defense of populations and Armed Forces, in particular against emerging hypersonic threats which constitute a radical change compared to ballistic ones.
The HYDIS² consortium brings together 19 partners and over 20 subcontractors in 14 European countries. The partners are ArianeGroup, AVIO, Avio Aero, Bayern-Chemie, CIRA, DLR, Fokker, LYNRED, MBDA España, MBDA France, MBDA Germany, MBDA Italia, OHB System AG, ONERA, ROXEL France, THALES LAS France, TDW, THALES Netherlands and TNO.

HYDIS² contributes to the AQUILA interceptor project, proposing best-value concepts for European nations for an interceptor against hypersonic threats, as well as a global area defense portfolio, along with other MBDA air defense products.