Washington -The US service blazoned Tuesday a new test of a hypersonic bullet, as Pentagon officers seek to match or get ahead of China’s and Russia’s advances in the slice-edge strategic munitions technology.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it had lately completed a free-flight test of an aircraft-launched hypersonic bullet that maintained a speed of further than Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound (at least country miles per hour, or kilometers per hour).
The bullet flew to an altitude lesser than bases ( measures) and soared over 300 navigational country miles, said DARPA, the Pentagon’s high-tech exploration body.
It was the alternate test under the agency’s HAWC Program — named for the hypersonic air-breathing armament conception — and the bullet had a different configuration from the first, which was tested last September.
According to CNN, the newest test took place in mid-March but was kept quiet to avoid appearing to escalate the geopolitical pressures girding the Russian irruption of Ukraine.
In March 2020, the US army and cortege shouldered a common test of a different hypersonic prototype.
DARPA said air-breathing hypersonic dumdums use air captured from the atmosphere to help sustain propulsion.
“This Lockheed Martin HAWC flight test successfully demonstrated an alternate design that will allow our warfighters to competitively elect the right capabilities to dominate the battleground,” said Andrew Knoedler, HAWC program director, in a statement.
Hypersonic dumdums pose implicit trouble to the global military balance, able to being steered to deliver nuclear munitions precisely on target, at pets too presto to intercept.
The Pentagon is under pressure to match China’s supposedly successful test of a hypersonic bullet last time that flew around the globe and hit a target in China.
Russia also claimed two weeks ago to have fired two hypersonic dumdums in strikes on Ukraine.