Air Force makes history with successful launch of new hypersonic weapon: 'Game-changing'

Our highly-skilled team made history on this first air-launched hypersonic weapon,” said Lt. Columna. Michael Jungquist, the director of the 419th Flight Test Squadron and the Global Power Bomber Combined Test Force, who executed the test.

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An A-10 Warthog pilot taxis on the flight line before takeoff at an airbase March 16, 2003, in the Arabian Gulf near the Iraq border.

An A-10 Warthog pilot taxis on the flight line before takeoff at an airbase March 16, 2003, in the Arabian Gulf near the Iraq border. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

We’re doing everything we can to get this game-changing weapon to the warfighter as soon as possible,” Jungquist added.

Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Program Executive Officer for Weapons, celebrated themajor accomplishmentafter a B-52H Stratofortress released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) at Edwards Air Force Base, en California, sábado.

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This image shows the launch of the experimental X-43A scramjet and its attached booster rocket as it is launched from a modified NASA B-52 bomber (NOT IN PHOTO) a 40,000 pies (13,000 metros) above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, 27 marzo 2004.

This image shows the launch of the experimental X-43A scramjet and its attached booster rocket as it is launched from a modified NASA B-52 bomber (NOT IN PHOTO) a 40,000 pies (13,000 metros) above the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, 27 marzo 2004. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team, for the weapons enterprise, y nuestro Air Force,” Collins dijo. “The team’s tenacity, expertise, and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success. We are ready to build on what we’ve learned and continue moving hypersonics forward.

The ARRW achieved a speed of five times that of the speed of sound and burned for its expected duration, el funcionario dijo.

US Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England on June 9, 2021.

US Air Force personnel and their families stationed at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England on June 9, 2021. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The new weapon will expand precision-strike capabilities, specifically against heavily defended land targets.

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