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US will have a hypersonic missile system in 2023. This is what it will look like

WASHINGTON, (BM) – According to the preliminary planning of the American military headquarters, the country should make the first tests of the new hypersonic missile system in 2021, and two years later it should pass into service in the USA, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The system is a joint development between military arms giant Lockheed Martin and the US agency DARPA and was officially visualized at the US Conference of the United States Army (AUSA). According to military sources overseas, the new hypersonic missile will be built on the basis of the existing AGM-183A ARRW missile, which is briefly called the Arrow and has an additional launch engine.

U.S. sources say the United States is making rapid progress in developing its first hypersonic weapon, given that it has failed to fully meet its targets in the past 24 months, with rumors even circulating that Washington will abandon the project. Now, however, things have clearly entered the right timeline, and this missile system is expected to be fundamental to the development of similar but different types of armed forces, reaching speeds between 6 and 8 times the speed of sound.

According to the characteristics set by the military designers, the missile is expected to have a deviation of only 15 cm from the target for destruction, said in a comment Ryan McCarthy, deputy secretary at the Pentagon. According to his colleague, General Andrew J. The Gebara hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW will have a range of nearly 1,600 km. and will fly with 6.5 – 8 Mach. Gebera expressed this opinion as director of the Pentagon’s Global Strike Command (AFGSC) strategic plans, programs and requirements.

Analysts in the field note that the AGM-183A ARRW and the future hypersonic missile will have very similar capabilities and parameters, given that the manufacturer of both is Lockheed Martin. It turns out that such a statement is supported not only because of the intended characteristics of the rocket, but also because of the visualization of the vehicle, which will aim to transport the hypersonic system.

US will have a hypersonic missile system in 2023. This is what it will look like
Photo credit: DARPA

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According to the spread photo, a clear distinction of the chassis from the company Oshkosh HEMTT can be seen, which is tasked with ensuring the delivery of three transport containers, one hypersonic rocket in each. However, this could quickly change in the future, as US requirements for manufacturers and developers are to carry two hypersonic missiles, not three. Apparently, all this, according to military analysts, is done in order to enable this hypersonic missile system to be transported by air with one of the many models of military transport aircraft available to the US military.

Until now, the American project has encountered significant difficulties in choosing a launcher for each of the missiles. Tests have been made with the HIMARS launcher, and it seems that the developers are currently targeting OpFires. This issue must be resolved really soon by Lockheed Martin and DARPA as they have to meet a serious deadline – the first tests of the missile next year and two years later the delivery and armament of the US military.

How far behind is the United States from its main competitor, Russia?

In recent years, Russia has made significant progress in the field of hypersonic military missile construction. Perhaps Moscow was the reason for dozens of countries to start processes of serious investment in the development of programs for hypersonic systems and missiles.

Moscow currently has two hypersonic missiles and one hypersonic linear launch system. Zircon and Caliber are the two hypersonic missiles that can reach speeds between 8 and 14 Mach and have a range of destruction between 2000 and 4500 km.

Perhaps the more serious threat is the Russian hypersonic glide vehicle Avangard, through which the Sarmat rocket can reach a speed of Mach 27, due to the hypersonic accelerator of Avangard. Sarmat is an intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile with a range of 18,000 km and can carry between 10 and 15 warheads.

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