US Struggles with Hypersonic Missiles

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US Struggles with Hypersonic Missiles
The US Air Force (USAF) has decided not to purchase the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response (ARRW) hypersonic weapon after a failed test of this missile.

In the ARRW's first test run in December 2022, the missile reached up to five times the speed of sound. While in the second trial in March, the results were not published in detail to the media. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told a recent hearing that the missile test in March had failed. After that, procurement lead Andrew Hunter told members of the US Parliament on March 29 that the USAF would not buy Lockheed Martin's AGM-183A.


On the other hand, cooperating with the Navy, the United States Army has successfully deployed its first long-range hypersonic weapon (LRHW) system to practise a full range of expeditionary hypersonic launch capabilities. The long-range fire battalion of the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (1st MDTF), the 5th Battalion, and the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment were the ones who put the weapon system into operation (5-3 LRFB).

The Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) and the Navy 34.5in booster are components of the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon system. 

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