US Air Force launches prototype hypersonic missile from B-52 bomber
On December 9, the USAF successfully released the first All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) from a B-52H Stratofortress.
The test marked the first launch of a prototype operational missile, with indications showing all test objectives were met.
Following release from the 412th Test Wing B-52H, the ARRW missile reached hypersonic speeds, completed its flight path, and detonated.
The ARRW team has successfully designed and tested the air-launched hypersonic missile in just five years.
The USAF aims for the weapon to be operational in the autumn of 2023.
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