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  • The air-breathing weapon travels at a speed five times greater than that of sound
  • Russia, in July, claimed to have successfully tested a hypersonic cruise missile that does not have equals throughout the world yet
  • Hypersonic weapons, at present, enjoys a position of top priority by the Department of Defence, in terms of the nation’s security, claims the president of Raytheon’s Missiles and Defence unit

On Monday, the Pentagon claimed that the USA has been successful in testing an air-driven hypersonic weapon that is five times faster than the speed of sound. The test has been the first victorious one in the case of this category of weapons since 2013. The test has taken place amidst an atmosphere of US and its global rivals rushing up to produce the hypersonic weapon, the future of arms and ammunition.

As per the claims of Russia, it has successfully given trial to the Tsirkon (Zircon), which stands to be a hypersonic cruise missile, in July. The country states that this kind of missile system does not have any matches throughout the world.

According to the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the testing of the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC), took place last week. Andrew Knoedler, HAWC program manager in the Tactical Technology Office of DARPA, says, “this brings us one step closer to transitioning HAWC to a program of record that offers the next-generation capability to the US military.” According to news sources, he has further stated, “we are readying our next vehicles and working toward additional flight tests later in the year.”

Hypersonic weapons are capable of traveling in the upper atmosphere at a speed that exceeds the speed of sound by five times. According to Wes Kremer, president of the unit of Raytheon’s Missiles and Defence, hypersonic weapons have been given the top priority by the Department of Defence (DOD) with regards to the security of the nation.

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