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The US and Russia claim to have conducted successful tests with hypersonic missiles

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In the struggle between the USA and Russia for military supremacy, the opposing sides in the Ukraine war are developing hypersonic missiles that can fly at several times the speed of sound

In the struggle between the USA and Russia for military supremacy, the opposing sides in the Ukraine war are developing hypersonic missiles that can fly at several times the speed of sound.

The US military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) claims it has successfully tested a Lockheed-Martin hypersonic missile capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound.

This was apparently the second successful flight test of the vehicle, known as the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC).

Another vehicle configuration from another contractor team also achieved hypersonic flight last September.

In the meantime, Russia is also said to be working on its own hypersonic missiles and successfully tested one last year.

Hypersonic missiles can travel at more than five times the speed of sound, with many other countries reportedly working on the super-fast and destructive military technology.

However, Putin said his Zircon cruise missiles will be capable of traveling at nine times the speed of sound over a range of 620 miles.

The hypersonic missile is intended to arm boats and submarines and could enter service later this year.

The US hasn’t announced when its hypersonic missile could go into real-world use, but has highlighted the recent tests as an important milestone.

Andrew “Tippy” Knoedler, DARPA’s HAWC program manager for the Bureau of Tactical Technology, said, “We are still analyzing flight test data but are confident that we will provide the US Air Force and Navy with excellent options to diversify the technology available to them.” future missions.”

He stated, “This Lockheed Martin HAWC flight test successfully demonstrated a second design that will allow our warfighters to competitively select the right skills to dominate the battlefield.

“These achievements increase the level of technical readiness for the transition from HAWC to a record-breaking service program.”

According to DARPA, air-breathing vehicles use air captured from the atmosphere to achieve sustained propulsion.

They say that the speed and maneuverability of hypersonic cruise missiles allow for both defense evasion and rapid strikes, and that the kinetic energy can effectively destroy targets even without explosives.

The tested weapon reportedly reached altitudes in excess of 65,000 feet and flew more than 300 nautical miles.

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