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U.S. Gets Much Needed Win In Hypersonic Technology Testing

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U.S. Gets Much Needed Win In Hypersonic Technology Testing

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The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in cooperation with the US Air Force completed a “free flight” of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC).

The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies, was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine kicked on.

The engine compressed incoming air mixed with its hydrocarbon fuel and began igniting that fast-moving airflow mixture, propelling the cruiser at a speed greater than Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound).

This is still not actually hypersonic, especially compared to Russian hypersonic projectiles who fly at around Mach 10, but still, it shows that the United States is making progress in this technology.

The HAWC vehicle operates best in oxygen-rich atmosphere, where speed and maneuverability make it difficult to detect in a timely way. It could strike targets much more quickly than subsonic missiles and has significant kinetic energy even without high explosives.

“The HAWC free flight test was a successful demonstration of the capabilities that will make hypersonic cruise missiles a highly effective tool for our warfighters,” said Andrew “Tippy” Knoedler, HAWC program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. “This brings us one step closer to transitioning HAWC to a program of record that offers next generation capability to the U.S military.”

The goals of the mission that were successfully fulfilled include:

  • vehicle integration and release sequence;
  • safe separation from the launch aircraft;
  • booster ignition and boost;
  • booster separation and engine ignition;

All of these were met, which is a significant success for the US. In its most recent test the AGM-183 ARRW, developed by Lockheed Martin failed, and a win was much needed for Washington’s hypersonic ambition.

The achievement builds on pioneering scramjet projects, including work on the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane as well as unmanned flights of NASA’s X-43 vehicles and the U.S. Air Force’s X-51 Waverider.

“HAWC’s successful free flight test is the culmination of years of successful government and industry partnership, where a single, purpose-driven team accomplished an extremely challenging goal through intense collaboration,” Knoedler added. “This historic flight would not have been possible without the dedication of industry, U.S. Air Force, and Navy flight test personnel who persevered through the pandemic to make the magic happen.”

The HAWC flight test data will help validate affordable system designs and manufacturing approaches that will field air-breathing hypersonic missiles to our warfighters in the near future.

As a result it turns out that NASA’s experience with the space planes was useful not only for gathering information from space and orbit, but also gathering experience to share for hypersonic flight.


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Dennis Kovac

Then Israel will get it …… Iran must watch out this missile

Corrupt shithole of Ukropisstan

Its still crap.
Probably just a mock up boosted by a solid fuel rocket.


lol sure there wont be any zionist usurper entity left before the usa even got it


the idea is that these weapons can penetrate air defenses but even that doesnt help against iran in future anymore so the weapon is just an issue of pride for the usa at this point and it doesnt do more than what a modern and heavy enough cruise missile can do

Last edited 29 days ago by farbat

the usa didnt figure out the entirety of the plasma technology which russian missiles iranian missiles and chinese missiles aswell use to be undetectable and a heavy load of destruction on top so what to say as the swarm drone issue this issue is just an excuse to waste ressources and a pride issue or rather fake pride issue aswell as i mentioned

Last edited 29 days ago by farbat
Corrupt shithole of Ukropisstan

Dont worry guys, at this pace U.S. will have hypersonic weapons that will match what Russia has today, in 2040…

Dennis Kovac

Thank you


there wont be any united states of americas at the time its just typical egocentrical behavior and fake pride

Last edited 29 days ago by farbat

Too little too late uncle Schlomo, better to spend that money on citizens welfare


hypersonic “testing” by american idiots. Welcome to the 25 yr. gap with your Eastern counterparts.


The american MIC model works according to wall street/london and ultimately rome dictate. They intentionally create ineffective designs on behalf of wall street investment funds like state street capital & blackrock.

“Defense” contractors like raytheon, ge, boeing are majority owned by the above mentioned funds. It is all a nicely constructed scam to enrich zionist/ beltway swine.


there is simply no calculation in the world which allows the usa to win its utterly broke and defeated


Russia is at least a generation ahead of US hypersonic technology, most likely 2 generations ahead.

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