Reuters. File photo: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in a briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, January 8, 2020. REUTERS / Al Drago
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By Mike Stone
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy and Army on Wednesday tested prototypes of hypersonic weapons components that would signal the development of new weapons, the Pentagon said, adding that three tests have been successful.
The tests came on the same day as US President Joe Biden was concerned about China’s hypersonic weapons.
Sandia National Laboratories has conducted tests from NASA’s Walpus Flight Facility in Virginia that will help develop a so-called “Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) and the Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) offensive hypersonic strike.”
The Navy and Army will conduct a flight test of a common hypersonic missile in fiscal year 2022, which began on 1 October.
Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 3,853 miles (6,200 km) per hour.
The Pentagon said in a statement that the tests “demonstrated advanced hypersonic technology, capabilities and prototype systems in a realistic operating environment.”
The United States actively pursued the development of hypersonic weapons as part of its conventional prompt global strike program in the early 2000s.
Companies such as Lockheed Martin (NYSE 🙂 and Raytheon Technologies (NYSE 🙂 are working to develop hypersonic weapon capabilities for the United States.
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