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Flight tests are central for US in hypersonic arms race

18th March 2020 - 18:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in Washington DC


The US military is preparing a crucial flight test of a hypersonic weapon this spring, as part of a ramped-up campaign to develop and field a new class of ultra-fast boost-glide vehicles and cruise missiles, as well as a fledgling defence against Chinese and Russian hypersonic threats.

The USN is due soon to conduct Flight Experiment Test 2 as an end-to-end assessment of a hypersonic boost-glide vehicle developed over the last decade through the Conventional Prompt Strike programme. The experiment will fly a biconic-shaped prototype from a test range in Hawaii to a target in the Marshall Islands more than

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Jason Sherman


Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a US-based journalist. Since 1994, he has covered the Pentagon, defence industry, …

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