US military successfully tested hypersonic missiles | Abdul Ghani

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With the successful test of a weapons system, the United States has closed its gap with Russia and China. The secret to avoiding provocation: The US military successfully tested a hypersonic cruise missile in March. Due to the war in Ukraine, the test has just been announced.

The test with the so-called Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) took place off the west coast of the United States. The missile was launched from a B-52 bomber.

First, it was accelerated by a conventional engine before igniting the supersonic combustion ramjet (Scramjet) developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne. The HAWC then traveled a good 555 kilometers at an altitude of almost 20 kilometers at a cruising speed of more than Mach 5, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said.

A Scramjet has no moving parts

In a scramjet, the air is not compressed by wheels, but rather by the speed at which it is forced into the combustion chamber, where it is heated. The advantage is that the engine has no moving parts. This allows higher speeds than with a conventional jet engine.

Hypersonic weapons are considered an important innovation in military technology. Due to the high speed, countermeasures are difficult. However, the United States lags behind in development. Several tests failed. China and Russia are more advanced. The Russian hypersonic glider Avangard would reach Mach 20.

Russia has already fielded several hypersonic weapons including the Avangard. The Kinzhal hypersonic missile was used in the war against Ukraine.

This was the second successful test of an HAWC. In September last year, a HAWC developed by the American arms company Raytheon successfully flew. The HAWC tested in March comes from Lockheed Martin. The US military has kept the test a secret until now, US TV channel CNN reports, so as not to provoke Russia further.

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