American missile, faster than 5 times speed of sound, test firing

US successfully launches AGM-183A airborne hypersonic missile (representative)


The U.S. Air Force has announced that it has conducted a successful test of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) hypersonic missile over the weekend.

“A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress successfully released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, off the coast of Southern California on May 14,” the U.S. Air Force said in a press release.

“After the separation of the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster caught fire and burned for the expected duration, reaching hypersonic speeds that are five times greater than the speed of sound,” it added.

Lt. Col. Michael Jungquist, 419th FLTS commander, said the test team made sure they performed the test flawlessly.

“Our highly skilled team has made history with this first air-launched hypersonic weapon. We are doing everything in our power to get this game-changing weapon to the warrior as soon as possible,” he said.

According to the press release, ARRW is designed to enable the US to jeopardize fixed, high-value, time-sensitive targets in controversial environments from stand-off distances. It will also expand precision strike capabilities by enabling rapid response attacks against heavily defended land targets.

This comes after the AUKUS alliance, which includes the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, announced plans to work together to develop high-speed weapons. The US, China and Russia are among the top countries that are forerunners in hypersonic weapons, whose speed and maneuverability make it difficult to detect and intercept.

Earlier, the US tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March.

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