An artist's rendering of a hypersonic weapon from Dynetics, which will get the first crack at learning to build the hypersonic glide body developed by federally funded Sandia National Laboratories under a U.S. Army contract.

On 19 March, the United States successfully tested a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. The test, according to the Pentagon, marked a “major milestone” in the US path to acquiring hypersonic weaponry.

The US Army has unveiled a new video of a March common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) test in Hawaii. The new footage, presented at the annual Space and Missile Defence (SMD) Symposium, shows the moment the projectile hits its designated target in flight. It is not clear whether the missile was loaded with an explosive warhead.

Army Lieutenant General Thurgood, who presented the video, did not reveal the speed at which the missile travelled. However, the Pentagon previously stated that the weapon is capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 17.

The US has been stepping up its efforts to develop hypersonic weapons ever since Russia announced the successful development of a series of such armaments in 2018.

Since May, US President Donald Trump has made comments about a hypersonic missile that is “17 times faster” than any other missile.

Hypersonic weapons, capable of flying at rates greater than five times the speed of sound, are highly maneuverable and operate at varying altitudes. The US military plans to use them when there is a need to strike “high-value targets” hundreds and even thousands of miles away in a matter of minutes.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Neil
Neil
2020-08-06 00:57

That test was a ground target.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-06 10:45

Totally useless kind of weapons. Dilapidating a big rocket for a single of this things while it can carry a dozen of MIRVs and many dozens of decoys? C’mon!

Eric Rodgers
Eric Rodgers
2020-08-06 10:55
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

The United States only has one operational ICBM, the Minuteman 3. It is capable of holding three MIRVs. But according to treaty they are only supposed to carry one warhead. They recently released a picture with three MIRVs. So maybe they are violating the treaty, not surprising. SLBMs can carry many more MIRVs.

Eric Rodgers
Eric Rodgers
2020-08-06 10:50

All ICBM warheads are hypersonic. Glide vehicles are supposed to be maneuverable. That’s what makes them different, able to avoid defense systems. This video shows nothing. Not surprising.