US successfully flight-tested third hypersonic missile: Pentagon

US successfully test-fired hypersonic missile: Pentagon

The US and its global rivals are speeding up the development of hypersonic weapons. (Representative)


The United States has successfully tested Raytheon Technologies Corp.’s air-breathing hypersonic weapon, which is capable of speeds five times faster than the speed of sound, the highest of weapons in that class since 2013, the Pentagon said in a statement on Monday. The third successful test of

The development program for the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) is being run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. Both Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing for the final contract award.

Air-breathing vehicles use air taken from the atmosphere to achieve continuous propulsion. Different propulsion types operate in the vacuum of space.

There have been four air breathing hypersonic weapon tests since September. Raytheon’s product has been successful both times, and Lockheed’s had a successful test and a failure.

Raytheon President Wes Kramer, “Advancing our nation’s hypersonic capabilities is an important national imperative, and it was an important step forward. Back-to-back successful flight tests give us even more confidence in the technical maturity of our HAWC prototypes.” Is.” Missile and Defense Business Unit, said.

During flight testing, after releasing the HAWC from an aircraft and accelerating to hypersonic speeds using scramjet engines, Raytheon said in a statement, “The vehicle flew a trajectory that engineers deliberately detected its limitations on the weapon concept.” designed to apply and further validate the digital performance model.”

This breakthrough marks the third successful test in a series of hypersonic weapons in various US programs in development.

These successful tests followed an unsuccessful test flight of a different type of hypersonic weapon, the Common Hypersonic Glide Body, on June 29 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The United States and its global rivals are ramping up their pace to create hypersonic weapons – the next generation of weapons that rob opponents of the reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms. Hypersonic weapons travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 mi) per hour.


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