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US Air Force conducts another hypersonic weapon flight test

The U.S. Air Force in partnership with Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin conducted another successful hypersonic test off the Southern California coast on July 12, 2022.

The Air Force said in a release that successfully conducted the second consecutive hypersonic boosted test of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).

The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon Booster Test Flight-3 was the 12th flight for the program and third release demonstration. The AGM-183A weapon system reached hypersonic speeds and primary and secondary objectives were met.

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“This was another important milestone for the Air Force’s first air-launched hypersonic weapon.  The test successfully demonstrated booster performance expanding the operational envelope.  We have now completed our booster test series and are ready to move forward to all-up-round testing later this year.  Congratulations to the entire ARRW team, your dedication and expertise are what got us here,” said Maj. Gen. Heath Collins, Program Executive Officer, Armament Directorate.

The ARRW program is a rapid prototyping project aimed at delivering a conventional hypersonic weapons capability to the Warfighter in the early 2020s. The weapon system is designed to provide combatant commanders the capability to destroy high-value, time-sensitive targets.

ARRW will also expand precision-strike weapon systems’ capabilities by enabling rapid response strikes against heavily defended land targets.

Hypersonic weapons provide a survivable and affordable capability that will overcome distance in contested environments using high speed, altitude and maneuverability. They amplify many of the enduring attributes of airpower – speed, range, flexibility and precision.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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