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Super-duper rockets. The USA goes to hypersound

American specialists are working on the creation of several hypersonic missiles. The first tests took place the day before.

The United States, Russia, and China are trying to create missiles that can reach five times the speed of sound. This week, the US military announced another successful stage of testing prototypes of a hypersonic cruise missile. In 2021, the Pentagon plans to receive $3.2 billion for development in this area.

The USA lags behind competitors

In July, US President Donald Trump enacted martial law to create hypersonic weapons. He previously stated that the United States is developing a hypersonic missile that is 17 times faster than existing developments.

According to him, it is capable of hitting a target at a distance of 1.6 thousand kilometers with an accuracy of 35.5 centimeters. Trump called the development a “super-duper rocket.” However, the Pentagon does not hide that in this area they are significantly behind China and Russia.

The United States has been developing hypersonic weapons since the late 1980s, but work on their creation was significantly accelerated after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the creation and successful testing of the Avangard hypersonic glider in March 2018.

In December 2019, Putin also announced work to create a land-based and sea-based Zircon hypersonic missile. In early summer, Putin announced that the Russian Navy would receive a hypersonic strike complex “unparalleled in the world.”

This month, the US military announced another successful test phase of two prototype hypersonic cruise missiles. We are not talking about the independent flight of products, such tests, as planned, will take place later this year.

The tests are carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force.

Hypersonic atmospheric jet missiles were developed by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as part of the HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept), a hypersonic jet-powered missile.

“These tests give us a great deal of confidence that the unique design path we have embarked on will provide the US Air Force with unrivaled capabilities,” said Andrew Nadler, Program Manager for DARPA HAWC.

The project involves the development of a hypersonic aircraft missile that could be launched from several types of fighters, including the F-35 Lightning II.

Within the framework of the HAWC program, technologies for controlled hypersonic flight, a ramjet hypersonic jet engine operating on hydrocarbon fuel, and heat-resistant materials should be created.

In addition, the US Air Force has begun preparations for a tender for a large, multipurpose hypersonic cruise missile that can carry a larger payload over a greater distance than the hypersonic munitions currently under development.

According to Flightglobal, the US military has so far released a request for information on technologies that can be used in the new project, and companies ready to take part in it.

The development of a multipurpose hypersonic cruise missile will be carried out as part of the EHMMAB-D project (Expendable Hypersonic Multi-Mission Air-Breathing Demonstrator, a multipurpose expendable hypersonic air-powered demonstrator), which the military also designates as Mayhem (chaos).

Meanwhile, Boeing has posted on its official Twitter a video about the modernization of the B-1B Lancer bomber, which will allow it to carry the latest hypersonic missiles.

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