US Fires New Hypersonic Missile From B-52 Bσmber, Russiαn Nuclear Base Unsafe
The United States successfully tested a scramjet-powered hypersonic missile in secret last month, according to new Lockheed Martin and DARPA press releases.
Hypersonic missiles are advanced new weαpσns capable of exceeding Mach 5, or about 3,838 miles per hour, in flight. The combination of speed and maneuverability provided by these weαpσns makes them practically indefensible.
Russiα and China have hypersonic boost-glide vehicles in service, but no nation on earth has managed to put a scramjet-powered missile into operational service in history.
The US now appears to have two functional scramjet designs for weαpσn applications… and it may have just taken the lead in scramjet-powered hypersonic cruise missiles.
The Hypersonic Air-breathing weαpσn Concept successfully
completed its third test earlier this month, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced today.
This was the second successful test with a Raytheon Technologies-built vehicle using a scramjet built by Northrop Grumman, the Monday news release states. The missile traveled at hypersonic speeds for more than 300 nautical miles and reached altitudes above 60,000 feet.