Prototype of a US hypersonic missile was destroyed during tests
WASHINGTON, (BM) – A prototype test missile of the American hypersonic program, developed by order of the Pentagon, was destroyed in the United States during the tests, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Aviation Week publication.
According to the publication, the incident occurred with a missile, allegedly developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation under the program of a hypersonic ramjet engine, initiated by the Office of promising research projects of the US Department of Defense.
The magazine notes that the implementation of the program, in which Lockheed Martin and Raytheon develop hypersonic missiles, is several months behind the plan.
According to Aviation Week, the rocket sample was separated from the B-52 bomber, which was not provided for in the test plan. The bomber is part of the 419th squadron of flight tests of the US Air Force Edwards Air Force Base in California. According to the magazine, the missile’s separation occurred over land, although, according to the sources of the publication, the tests were planned to be conducted over the Pacific Ocean.
The magazine emphasizes that the management of promising research projects do not comment on the incident, citing the fact that the details of such tests are classified. According to Aviation Week, an investigation is underway.
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon participate in a tender by the U.S. Air Force for the development of the HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept, a concept of hypersonic airborne weapons). It involves the development of a hypersonic aircraft missile to launch from several types of fighters, including the F-35.
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