The United States has successfully tested a missile five times faster than the speed of sound. This is the first experience of its kind in the world.
DARPA’S #Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) completed an historic free flight test with @usairforce. The @RaytheonTech missile, released from an aircraft, achieved speeds greater than Mach 5 using a @northropgrumman scramjet engine. https://t.co/Yl1QNOHmvD pic.twitter.com/PpFULZDvhl— DARPA (@DARPA) September 27, 2021
According to the Pentagon, this is the first test of such a weapon since 2013.
A statement from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said the Hypersonic Air Browsing Weapon Concept (HAWC) flight was tested last week.
The missile is powered by a Northrop Garmin Scrum jet engine. Russia also successfully tested a hypersonic cruise missile in July this year. The Russian president said on the occasion that this missile is second to none in the world.