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U.S. successfully flight tests Raytheon hypersonic weapon


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – The Pentagon logo can be seen behind the podium at the Pentagon’s briefing room in Arlington (Virginia), U.S.A, on January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has tested an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, marking the first successful test of the class of weapon since 2013, the Pentagon said on Monday.

DARPA released a statement saying that the Hypersonic-breathing Weapons Concept (HAWC) was successfully tested last week.

The speed at which hypersonic weapons can travel through the atmosphere is more than five times that of sound. This equals approximately 6,200 km (3,853 mi) per hour.

“The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:), was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman (NYSE:) scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine kicked on,” DARPA said.

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