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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy: Test firing of hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of target

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy: Test firing of hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of target

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Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. hypersonic missiles can strike within six inches of a target after traveling thousands of miles at Mach 5 or faster, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. Speaking to a conference of the U.S. Association of the Army on Tuesday, McCarthy referred to a Mar. 19 test of the missile, which was fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. It flew at hypersonic speed, defined as five or more times the speed of sound, before striking its "designated impact point," the Army said. Advertisement "Hypersonic missiles are hitting their targets with a variance of only a mere 6 inches," McCarthy said on Tuesday. His comments came a week after Russia announced the successful test-firing of its Zircon hypersonic missile, striking a target 300 miles away after travelin...
DARPA’s air-breathing hypersonic missiles ready for free-flight tests

DARPA’s air-breathing hypersonic missiles ready for free-flight tests

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Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Captive carry tests of two hypersonic weapons have been completed, with their first free flights scheduled for later this year, according to DARPA and the U.S. Air Force. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have each designed hypersonic missiles for a combined program of the Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Advertisement The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept program "seeks to develop and demonstrate critical technologies to enable an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile," a DARPA statement on Tuesday said. The HAWC weapon employs "hydrocarbon scramjet-powered propulsion," meaning the traditional fuel and air mixture but in prolonged airflow at speeds in excess of five times the speed of sound. Upcoming flights will de...
U.S. hypersonic weapon system completes second test on B-52 Stratofortress

U.S. hypersonic weapon system completes second test on B-52 Stratofortress

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Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin said Monday have completed the second successful hypersonic air-to-ground weapon test on a B-52 Stratofortress bomber out of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.. The second AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, ARRW, was successfully flight tested Saturday, officials said. Advertisement The first sensor-only prototype of AGM-183A ARRW was carried externally by a B-52 during a successful flight test last year. Officials said at the time they had set an accelerated development schedule for the weapon system. "We are in a competition and we must remain diligent in our efforts to stay ahead of our adversaries who are vigorously pursuing similar weapon systems," Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., Air Force Materiel Command commander, said in a ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia is building defenses against hypersonic missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia is building defenses against hypersonic missiles

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June 15 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia leads the world in hypersonic weapons research and will have defense systems to counteract opponents' weapons. The United States and China have begun hypersonic missile programs, building nuclear-equipped armaments capable of traveling up to 5,000 mph in a flat trajectory, indicating that defenders have less time to react. Advertisement Russia has tested similar missiles and appears to have deployed one, the Avangard cruise missile, into service. It also rolled out a radar station designed to simultaneously track over 1,000 incoming objects, including hypersonic missiles. In a television interview on Sunday, Putin said that by the time foreign missiles are operational, Russia will have all its required defenses. "They [hyperson...
Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

Agency seeks hypersonic missile defense system proposals

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June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Space Development Agency announced a search for contractors to develop technology to detect and track 3,100-mph hypersonic missiles. The request for proposals, issued last week, calls for "commercial services to launch and support its Tracking Phenomenology Experiment [TPE],"and represents the first step toward a system to defend against hypersonic missiles. Advertisement The package is the first part of SDA's plans to deploy a constellation of low orbiting satellites to guard against hypersonic weapons, ballistic missiles capable of traveling five times the speed of sound, Space News reported. The United States is developing it's own hypersonic weapons through the Prompt Global Strike program, and it is believed that Russia and China have embarked on similar deve...