US holds three tests to advance hypersonic weapon programs

WASHINGTON, 21 October 2021, (TON): The U.S. Navy and Army tested hypersonic weapon component prototypes on Wednesday that will inform development of new weapons, the Pentagon said, calling the three tests successful.

The tests occurred the same day that U.S. Presi-dent Joe Biden said he was concerned about Chinese hypersonic weapons.

A statement said “facility in Virginia whi-ch will help “inform the de-velopment of the Navy’s C-onventional Prompt Strike (CPS) and the Arm-y’s Lo-ng Range Hypersonic Wea-pon (LRHW) offensive hypersonic strike.”

The Navy and Army will conduct a flight test of the common hypersonic missile in fiscal 2022, which began on Oct. 1. Hyperso-nic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at more than five times the speed of sound, or about 3,853 miles per hour (6,200 kph).

The Pentagon said in a statement “these tests demonstrated advanced hypersonic technologies, capabilities, and prototype systems in a realistic operating environment.”

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