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The HACM hypersonic missile will be tested on the F-18 as far away as Australia

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun23,2024

Hyperzvukovu the HACM missile will be tested on F-18s as far as Australia

The US Air Force wants to receive at least a limited number of Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missiles (HACM) in 2027, and plans to conduct tests of this weapon as far as Australia, involving F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft of the country's Royal Air Force, new details about this hypersonic program were made public in one of the reports of the US Office of Accountability (GAO) on defense programs.

And here is a very simple explanation why the US decided to transfer the hypersonic tests of the HACM missile immediately to Australia — the fact is that the American military has already repeatedly emphasized the limitations related to the infrastructure that they are forced to put up with in the context of conducting hypersonic weapons, and to solve the problem even modified RQ-4 drones were purchased under the designation Range Hawks, which would help collect data during hypersonic tests, The War Zone reports.

Therefore, the testing in Australia is explained by the “limitations of the test site”, which caused problems for a number of different hypersonic programs. According to preliminary plans, flight tests of the HACM hypersonic missile should start in October this year and last until March 2027, that is, approximately two and a half years.

At the same time, in order for Australian F-18s to be able to launch hypersonic HACM missiles, it will be necessary to carry out at least minimal work on their integration into aircraft. In addition, Australia is armed with the MQ-4C Triton, which, by analogy with the Global Hawk, can also be used for tracking and data collection during hypersonic tests, probably with minimal modernization as well.

We remind you that in 2022 Raytheon, together with Northrop Grumman, received a contract from the US Air Force to develop the HACM hypersonic missile, and a number of details about this project actually remain secret. It is known that the missile consists of an accelerator and a glider glider, which separates from it and heads for the target. It is not known what the speed of this rocket will be, but it is clear that the indicator should be more than Mach 5.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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