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The US Air Force successfully launched a hypersonic weapon off the coast of California this weekend, which flew at five times the speed of sound, a spokesperson said.
“Our highly skilled team made history with this first air-launched hypersonic weapon,” said Lt. Col. Michael Jungquist, director of the 419 Flight Test Squadron and Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, who ran the test.
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“We are doing everything we can to get the fighter this game-changing weapon as soon as possible,” added Jungquist.
Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, the program’s general manager for weapons, celebrated the “major achievement” after a B-52H Stratofortress launched an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) at Air Force Base on Saturday. ‘Edwards, California.
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“This was a major accomplishment for the ARRW team, for the arms company and our Air Force,” Collins said. “The tenacity, expertise and commitment of the team have been essential in overcoming the challenges of the past year and leading us to recent success. We are ready to build on what we have learned and continue to advancing the hypersonic.”
The ARRW reached five times the speed of sound and burned for its expected duration, the official said.
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The new weapon will expand precision strike capabilities, especially against heavily defended ground targets.