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Air Force successfully tests hypersonic missile that travels five times faster than sound

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The Air Force successfully fired a hypersonic air-to-surface missile that reached speeds more than five times the speed of sound in a test off the coast of southern California, it said Monday. officials.

Friday’s test of the AGM-183A All-Up-Round Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon was the first launch of a fully operational prototype missile, the Air Force said in a press release.

The missile was dropped from a B-52H Stratofortress and exploded in the terminal area, showing that “all objectives were met”, the statement said.

“The ARRW team has successfully designed and tested a hypersonic air-launched missile in five years,” said Brig. Gen. Jason Bartolomei, director of the Armaments Directorate program. “I am immensely proud of the tenacity and dedication this team has shown to provide a vital capability for our fighter.”

The 412th Test Wing at Edwards AFB, Calif., performed the ARRW test flight, officials said.

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Concept art shows a hypersonic missile fired from a B-52 Stratofortress.
(Lockheed Martin)

The ARRW is designed to “enable the United States to hold stationary, high-value, time-sensitive targets at risk in contested environments,” the statement said.

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A B-52H Stratofortress bomber assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing goes through an engine check, June 24, 2021, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

A B-52H Stratofortress bomber assigned to the 307th Bomb Wing goes through an engine check, June 24, 2021, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
(US Air Force Senior Airman Kate Bragg)

In October, the army and Navy collected data on their hypersonic missile programs during testing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The Department of Defense prepares to launch a sounding rocket from the NASA launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility, carrying hypersonic weapons experiments that will inform the development of the hypersonic class of weapons, on Wallops Island, Virginia , October 26, 2022.

The Department of Defense prepares to launch a sounding rocket from the NASA launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility, carrying hypersonic weapons experiments that will inform the development of the hypersonic class of weapons, on Wallops Island, Virginia , October 26, 2022.
(Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein)

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the army aims to have an offensive hypersonic strike capability ready by next year. The Missile Defense Agency also participates in tests for the development of systems to combat hypersonic weapons of adversaries.

Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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