Future tests of the AGM-183 A hypersonic missile air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ART) will cause the death of four snails and up to 90 shellfish at Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. Possible first victims of US weapons tests are named by The Drive, referring to a report by the US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
In addition to snails and shellfish, AGM-183A ARW tests may affect, in particular, more than a hundred humpback wrasses and more than 10 thousand coral colonies. According to the publication, this may occur due to the appearance of shock waves that occur when the rocket collides with the atoll.
The appearance of the corresponding report in The Drive is explained by the fact that the Pentagon, being the world's largest consumer of fuel, is concerned about the state of the environment.
In March, the British tabloid Daily Express wrote that the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic cruise missile, launched, for example, from the B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber of the US Air Force, is capable of hitting Moscow in less than 20 minutes and reaching Beijing in half an hour.
In November 2020, The Drive reported that the AGM-183A ARRW will fly at an average speed of Mach 6.5 to Mach 8 over a range of hundreds of kilometers, that is, a distance of 1,000 miles (more than 1,600 kilometers) the rocket will overcome it in 10-12 minutes.
In June 2019, the B-52H Stratofortress made its first flight with the AGM-183 A ARRW hypersonic aeroballistic missile.