- US Air Force’s second consecutive test of hypersonic missile fails
- This time after separation from the aircraft, the motor of the missile could not be turned on.
- Last time this missile could not be separated from the B-52 aircraft.
The US Air Force’s ultra-fast hypersonic missile has also failed in the second consecutive test. This time, this missile was also launched safely from its carrier aircraft Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. But, on occasion the rocket engine fitted in the missile did not turn on. Due to which the missile fell on the earth from a great height while taking a dive. The failure of two consecutive tests of this missile has dealt a major blow to the US hypsonic missile program.
Last time the missile did not separate from the wing of the aircraft
The hypersonic missile being tested is named AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). The first test of this missile was conducted in April. Then this missile could not be released from the wing of a B-52 aircraft flying from Edwards Air Force Base in California. After which the plane landed safely. The US Air Force has claimed that this failed launch still provided valuable test data.
The second test was done on 28 July
Announcing the test results, the US Air Force said that the test took place on July 28 at the Point Mugu Sea Range in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The Air Force had already told that it is going to conduct the second test of this missile in the last week of July. The 419th Flight Test Squadron and the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, also participated in this test.
Mission failed due to lack of rocket motor on
The Air Force said that during the test, the missile separated well from the aircraft’s wing. During this the GPS acquisition, the transfer of power from the aircraft to the missile and the complete separation sequence were all successfully completed. The missile also completed the fin operation and de-conflict maneuver. This process is necessary for the safety of the bomber aircraft and its aircrew. The missile’s rocket motor failed to fire after successfully separating from the aircraft.
Preparations to make missiles that fly 20 times faster than sound
This new missile is called AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). There is a possibility that it can be commissioned in the Air Force in the next few days. The test was carried out with an aim to demonstrate the missile’s capability to achieve hypersonic speed. The Pentagon is working on making a missile that can run 20 times faster than the speed of sound through this missile.
America is threatened by China’s DF-17 missile
America is threatened by China’s DF-17 hypersonic missile. For this reason, it is trying to upgrade its missile defense technology. This hypersonic missile specializes in long-range precision targeting. In such a situation, if China attacks, America will have to make elaborate arrangements for the security of its base in Guam or Japan. China’s DF-17 missile can hit its target at hypersonic speed up to 2500 km away. even after failing the test
What are hypersonic missiles
The hypersonic missile can fly at least five times the speed of sound (1235 km/h). The minimum speed of such missiles is 6174 km per hour. These missiles are equipped with features of both cruise and ballistic missiles. After launching, this missile goes out of Earth’s orbit. After which it makes the target its target. Radars are also unable to catch them due to high speed.