US Air Force buys its first hypersonic weapons:

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The U.S. Air Force is planning to buy at least eight hypersonic missiles which can travel at five times the speed of sound.


The weapons, which were first pictured being carried by a B-52 bomber during USAF tests in June 2019, are expected to cost at least $1.1billion.

The prototype missiles, which are officially named AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapons, or ARRWs, could be available to use on the battlefield in 2022. 

President Donald Trump boasted of the US military's hypersonic missile programme in January, saying there were 'many' under construction.  

The news of the planned purchases was reported by The Drive after the Government Accountability Office - a Congressional watchdog - included details of them in its annual review of major US military programs.

The missiles will become the US military's first hypersonic weapons. 

The combination of speed, maneuverability and altitude of hypersonic missiles can make them difficult to track and intercept. 

They travel at more than five times the speed of sound or about 3,853 miles per hour. 

Some will travel as fast as 15,000 miles per hour, according to US and other Western weapons researchers, which is about 25 times as fast as modern passenger jets. 

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US Air Force buys its first hypersonic weapons:

2020/06/1591276381.jpg
Read: 629     17:39     04 June 2020    

The U.S. Air Force is planning to buy at least eight hypersonic missiles which can travel at five times the speed of sound.


The weapons, which were first pictured being carried by a B-52 bomber during USAF tests in June 2019, are expected to cost at least $1.1billion.

The prototype missiles, which are officially named AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapons, or ARRWs, could be available to use on the battlefield in 2022. 

President Donald Trump boasted of the US military's hypersonic missile programme in January, saying there were 'many' under construction.  

The news of the planned purchases was reported by The Drive after the Government Accountability Office - a Congressional watchdog - included details of them in its annual review of major US military programs.

The missiles will become the US military's first hypersonic weapons. 

The combination of speed, maneuverability and altitude of hypersonic missiles can make them difficult to track and intercept. 

They travel at more than five times the speed of sound or about 3,853 miles per hour. 

Some will travel as fast as 15,000 miles per hour, according to US and other Western weapons researchers, which is about 25 times as fast as modern passenger jets. 

Daily Mail



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