- The Pentagon Successfully Tested Its Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept
- The test, which took place last week, was the first successful test since 2013
- The HAWC missile is capable of flying at Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound
- The engine works by compressing the incoming air with hydrocarbon fuel
- Russia and China have the most extensive hypersonic missile programs, both far ahead of the US
The US military said it has successfully tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of traveling five times the speed of sound.
The Pentagon said on Monday that the test, which took place last week, was the first successful test of the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) since 2013.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said in a statement that the missile, which is made by Raytheon, was launched from an aircraft just seconds before Northrop Grumman’s scramjet engine was launched. Statement.
The engine compresses the incoming air with hydrocarbon fuel to create an airflow mixture capable of reaching 1,700 meters per second, or five times the speed of sound.
The HAWC missile is capable of flying at Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound
The engine works by compressing incoming air with hydrocarbon fuels to form a rapid airflow mixture, capable of reaching 1,700 meters per second, or more than five times the speed of sound.
According to experts, the US, Russia and China have the most extensive hypersonic missile programs, with Russia and China far ahead of the US.
In May, Russia said it had tested three “unstoppable” hypersonic “Satan 2” missiles, which some said could wipe out areas the size of England and Wales.
Putin said the Zircon missile would be capable of flying nine times the speed of sound and would have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).
Two months later, it successfully test-fired the Zircon missile, which Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed could ‘attack anywhere and evade US defenses’.
China, by contrast, is in the midst of a significant upgrade of its nuclear forces, which includes both hypersonic nuclear missiles and more advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles.
FILE: Military vehicles carrying DF-17 hypersonic missiles pass near Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019
In October, China deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile, the top-secret DF 17, to coastal areas to prepare for a possible invasion of Taiwan.
The DF-17, a medium-range ballistic missile that provides a hypersonic glide vehicle, was officially unveiled during China’s National Day military parade on October 1, 2019.
According to previous reports, the weapon has a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers (1,550 mi) and is capable of achieving speeds of up to 7,680 mph (12,360 kph) – or 10 times the speed of sound.
It has been billed as a ‘death sentence’ for aircraft carriers within its range.
Earlier this year, a US Air Force test of a hypersonic missile was abandoned because it was unable to complete its launch sequence.
The goals of the DARPA test were fivefold: vehicle integration and release sequence; safe separation from aircraft; booster ignition and boost; engine for booster separation and ignition; And finally, the cruise.
Andrew ‘Tippy’ Knoedler, HAWC Program Manager in DARPA’s Office of Tactical Technology, said: ‘The HAWC Free Flight Test was a successful demonstration of the capabilities that will make hypersonic cruise missiles a highly effective tool for our warships. Statement.
‘This brings us one step closer to converting HAWC into a program of record that provides the US military with next-generation capabilities.’
Hypersonic weapons travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 mi) per hour.
Knoedler said, “HAWC’s successful free flight test is the culmination of years of successful government and industry partnerships, where a single, purpose-driven team has achieved an extremely challenging goal through intense collaboration.
‘This historic flight industry would not have been possible without the dedication of flight test personnel from the US Air Force and Navy, who battled the pandemic to make the magic happen.’
The Pentagon on Monday said it successfully tested its Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HWAC), the first successful test since 2013.
The work continues the legacy of other scramjet projects, DARPA added, including the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane and NASA’s X-43 vehicle.
In 2004, NASA’s experimental unmanned hypersonic aircraft X-43 using a scramjet engine reached 7,366mph (Mach 9.6), setting the current record.
In 2019, DailyMail.com reported that the missile developed by Raytheon and Northrop Grumman would use an engine made by a 3D printer.
Last year, DARPA said it was working with Aerojet Rocketdyne on a nearly $20 million project to develop a hypersonic rocket that could intercept enemy missiles in the air.
What are hypersonic weapons and are they a threat to society?
There are two main types of hypersonic weapons:
hypersonic glide vehicle
A hypersonic glide vehicle is propelled on a rocket to an altitude of between 25 miles and 62 miles above Earth before it separates to glide along the upper atmosphere toward its target.
It is released at such a height and speed that it allows it to glide over the target without force.
The control surfaces on the glide vehicle mean that it can steer an unpredictable course and maneuver rapidly as it approaches impact.
These glide vehicles follow a much flatter and lower trajectory than the high, arcing path of a ballistic missile.
hypersonic cruise missiles
These missiles are powered by high-speed, air-breathing engines once they hit their target.
While they have internal engines, unlike regular cruise missiles, they travel much faster and higher.
menace to society?