The prototype Lockheed Martin hypersonic missile flew at five times the speed of sound “over a long period” during a recent successful technology test for the US military.
The hypersonic weapon The test, announced by the Advanced Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on April 5, was the second flight under the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program since September 2021. test from Raytheon Technologiesa statement from DARPA said.
Representatives of the program outlined the new flight as an important milestone in the hypersonic program, which aims to conduct military operations at faster speeds and with higher efficiency compared to what is currently available.
“We are still analyzing flight test data, but are confident that we will provide the U.S. Air Force and Navy with excellent options for diversifying the technology available for their future missions,” said Andrew Nodler, HAWC DARPA Program Manager in the Tactical Technology Office. in the statement.
A press release From Lockheed noted that the car reached an altitude of 65,000 feet (almost 19,812 meters), which is twice the cruising altitude of a typical commercial flight. In a statement from his company, John Clark, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, “will combat the threats that are rapidly emerging on the global security arena.”
DARPA and the U.S. Air Force are working together to fund and support the HAWC program. Raytheon and Northrop Grumman together uncovered $ 200 million in project funding in 2019while Lockheed Martin received nearly $ 1 billion in 2018, according to DefenseNews.com.
The program aims to assess the feasibility, effectiveness and availability of a number of flight demonstrations, and this is not the first attempt by US military officials to work on hypersonic systems, both with and without crew.
Other hypersonic speed programs include the 1950s X-20 Dyna-Soar, which was designed to be launched on a rocket. FALCON hypersonic program (short for Force Application and Launch of the Continental United States) in the early 2000s and Blackswift, which was later repealed.