The United States Air Force is in luck after completing last Friday off the coast of Southern California the first test of its AGM-183A All-Up-Round hypersonic missile Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).
The war in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion and the increasingly aggressive behavior of China and North Korea have aroused fears from the past, which translates into research and military funding.
And it is that many countries have exhausted their arsenals to arm Ukraine and have realized that the defense national it can no longer be a secondary issue. And less so for the United States, the number one country in the world in army and equipment.
Until now, The United States has lagged behind other countries when it comes to deploying missiles capable of flying above Mach 5.. This is partly because hypersonic flight is not just a matter of going very fast. It also requires overcoming a number of technological hurdles.
This means new materials, sensors, and avionics that can withstand heat, thermal stresses, and acceleration, as well as control systems that work much faster than those of supersonic missiles, as explained in New Atlas.
A test that puts the United States, once again, in the lead
The latest test was the first test flight of a fully operational hypersonic missile prototype conducted by the US Air Force, in which the weapon was carried aboard a B-52H Stratofortress bomber (the one on the cover) and launched from a great height. A milestone military.
A booster rocket ignited automatically, propelling the vehicle to five times the speed of sound. In this way, the United States is at the same level as its rivals in this specific field of weapons.
According to the Air Forceprevious tests focused on the performance of the booster rocket, but in the latest the missile covered a planned flight path and then detonated in a predetermined area, completing all mission objectives. A national respite for the army.