U.S. LAUNCHES Hypersonic Weapon – CONFIRMED!
(NewsReady.com) – In 2021, the Air Force attempted to launch a hypersonic missile twice, but failed both times. Then, in April 2022, the military branch delayed its program after a series of failures. Just a month later, the Air Force announced a major victory.
On May 16, the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office released a statement announcing a B-52H Stratofortress bomber successfully released a hypersonic missile called an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) off the California coast on May 14. The missile’s booster ignited during the test and reached “hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.” The Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force and the 419th Flight Test Squadron stationed at Edwards Air Force Base carried out the test.
Details as released by @usairforce: https://t.co/XiNggdwkj0
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) May 17, 2022
Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, said the missile test was a “major accomplishment.” He applauded the team for its “tenacity, expertise, and commitment” to overcome developmental challenges throughout the year.
Prior to the missile test, the Department of Defense (DOD) released a statement making it clear that the Pentagon is focused on hypersonic missile development in the wake of China’s and Russia’s successes. Additionally, the Missile Defense Agency is developing a “layered missile defense system” to protect the US from hypersonic missile attacks.
The Pentagon is ensuring its prepared on all fronts for the next generation of weapons.
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