Americans launched a hypersonic missile but in a simulation

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States conducted a simulation of the use of the new AGM-183A airborne hypersonic complex. The B-52 strategic bomber acted as a “carrier.”

The hypersonic complex AGM-183A ARRW (Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon) is one of the leading US defense projects of our time. The US Air Force has yet to successfully flight test the new weapon but claims to have modeled the entire chain of its use.

During the Northern Edge exercise, the tests took place, which kicked off earlier this week in and around Alaska. The practices are commonly used to test and evaluate new weapons systems and capabilities for the US Army. Particular emphasis is placing on advanced data transmission concepts.

The “launch” itself carried out on May 5, a few days after the launch of Northern Edge 2021. The platform’s role plays the B-52H Stratofortress bomber from the 49th Test and Assessment Squadron from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

The designated target was 600 nautical miles (1111 kilometers) from the bomber at the simulated missile launch. According to the Air Force statement, they conducted the test in an environment close to combat.

Be that as it may, so far, the program has little reason to be proud. The long-awaited first test flight of the ARRW rocket, which took place in April this year, ended in virtual failure. “The test missile failed to complete its launch sequence, and the bomber returned to Edwards AFB,” Defense News wrote at the time. The only thing that the Americans implemented in practice was the flights of the carrier aircraft with the AGM-183A demonstrator. We have seen numerous photographs of this before.

The functional testing of hypersonic weapons in Russia became the reason for the United States to be declared the “outsiders of the hypersonic arms race,” according to some international experts

Due to the lack of data, it is not possible to assess the situation unambiguously. We can say one thing: the Americans approached developing hypersonic weapons most systematically and comprehensively of all countries. New systems should receive not only the Air Force but also the Land Army and the Navy.

The first ship to receive a complex of hypersonic weapons should be the stealth destroyer, Zumwalt. Earlier, it also became known that they want to equip the fourth-generation multipurpose submarines of the Virginia type with the new system.


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