Hypersonic missile fails to deploy in Air Force flight test as Russia, China press ahead
Added 04-06-21 05:35:02pm EST - “The first booster vehicle flight test of a new Air Force ultra-high speed "hypersonic" missile failed this week when the AGM-183 test missile failed to release from a B-52 bomber.” - Washingtontimes.com
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The first booster vehicle flight test of a new Air Force ultra-high speed “hypersonic” missile failed this week when the AGM-183 test missile failed to release from a B-52 bomber.
The missile “did not launch” during a test Monday near the Point Magu Sea Range close to Oxnard, California. the Air Force said in a statement Tuesday. The B-52 took off from the range base and was to fire the booster designed as the propulsion unit for what the military calls the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW.
“Instead, the test missile was not able to complete its launch sequence and was safely retained on the aircraft which returned here,” the statement from Edwards Air Force Base, east of Los Angeles, said.
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The failed test is a setback for the Pentagon’s high-priority program to develop hypersonic missiles to match similar high-speed missiles being fielded by both China and Russia.
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