Aerojet Rocketdyne completes second propulsion systems test on DARPA OpFires program

Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced the completion of a second series of propulsion system tests in support of the operational fires (OpFires) program, with all components providing critical data to the operation, the company said.

Operational Fires (OpFires) program is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) effort to develop a ground-launched hypersonic missile for tactical use.

DARPA´s OpFires program aims to develop a two-stage missile capable of engaging high-value, time-sensitive targets from standoff range in contested environments. The effort to date has advanced the technology for an upper stage featuring a tunable propulsion system, according to DARPA.

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been supporting the program through a Phase 1 contract to design propulsion concepts and technologies for OpFires. The contract continued with a USD 8.8 million option for Phase 2 of the program, which is expected to culminate in late 2020 following multiple test firings.

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), is an aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers.