The rocket normally separated from the plane, but its engine did not turn on. They tried to launch the rocket from the B-52H Stratofortress bomber, reports by The Drive.
In the United States, an attempt to launch a second test launch of an American promising hypersonic air-launched missile over the eastern Pacific Ocean failed. This was announced on Friday, July 30, according to the US Air Force.
вЂњThe rocket normally separated from the plane... But the rocket engine did not turn on,вЂќ the report says.
The test attempt took place on July 28. The rocket was supposed to be launched from a B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber over the Point Mugu training ground near California.
According to the design data, the AGM-183A hypersonic missile, created under the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) program, has a range of 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
The attempt of the first flight test of the prototype of the American hypersonic air-launched missile AGM-183A ARRW, undertaken on April 5, was also unsuccessful. Due to technical problems, the rocket did not separate from the side of the B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber. The launch was also supposed to be carried out from the area above the Point-Mugu landfill.
During the first test, it was planned to test the operation of the accelerator and not the entire system as a whole. The purpose of the test was to test the ability of the accelerator to reach its design speed, the reliability of its separation from the hypersonic gliding combat unit, flight controllability, as well as the safety of launching a rocket after dropping from a bomber. As part of the test, an independent flight of the mock-up of the combat unit was not provided. After separating from the carrier, it was supposed to collapse in the air.
The US Air Force plans to receive the first 12 AGM-183A air-launched hypersonic missiles in the next fiscal year, although the complex has not yet passed any successful aviation tests. For the purchase of weapons, $161 million will be allocated in the defense budget for 2022 (starting on October 1).