The United States conducted a new test of a hypersonic missile

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Washington launched the first practice with this weapon in September 2021. Other powers such as China or Russia have also developed this type of projectile that is difficult to detect and intercept

The United States carried out a new test of a hypersonic missile

The United States conducted a new test of a hypersonic missile. (Photos: Raytheon Technologies)

The US Air Force announced Monday that it has conducted a new “successful” test of a HAWC hypersonic missile with the aim of “improving future capabilities” of the military, as reported by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The missile, launched from a B-5 aircraft , traveled nearly 300 nautical miles — more than 480 kilometers–and reached an altitude of over 60,000 feet (18,288 meters). It also accelerated to speeds in excess of Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound).

“This month's flight marks a before and after in the test program of flight of the most successful Hypersonic Weapon Concept (HAWC) project in American history,” Air Force Deputy for the Hypersonic Missile Specialty Program, Walter Walter, said in a statement. Price.

Likewise, the program manager, Andrew Knoedler, assured that this missile initiative, in collaboration with the company Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne, achieved “a large amount of data and progress for the hypersonic community.” “The HAWC program created a generation of new hypersonic engineers and scientists,”, Price added.

United States conducted a new test of a hypersonic missile

The United States Air Force announced that the practice was successful. (REUTERS/Ministry of Defence)

The United States conducted its first test with a HAWC hypersonic missile in September 2021. Other powers such as China and Russia have also developed this type of weapon that is difficult to detect and intercept.

New joint exercises

United Statesand Korea South South will hold exercises based on possible scenarios to deal with the nuclear threats, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declared Tuesday.

Both countries will carry out “exercises  (…) based on increasingly complex scenarios and focused on threats nuclear on the peninsula,” Austin wrote in an opinion piece published by the Yonhap news agency, without specifying when they would occur.

United States carried out a new test of a hypersonic missile

The United States and South Korea will conduct exercises based on possible scenarios to deal with nuclear threats. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Austin visited Seoul, the capital of Korea of South, for the third time since he was named defense secretary. He is scheduled to meet with his counterpart Lee Jong-sup and President Yoon Suk-yeol.

His visit seeks to improve cooperation between the two countries and put the challenges on the table that exist in terms of security.

It also intends to reaffirm “that the United States commitment to expanded deterrence with the Republic of Korea is ironclad,” wrote the head of&nbsp ;Pentagon.

Military tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen in the past year after North Korea conducted weapons tests almost every month, including firing its missile most advanced intercontinental ballistic system.

(With information from Europa Press)

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