The first rocket booster test of the US Air Force’s newly-developed hypersonic AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) failed.
The ARRW failed to launch from a B-52H Stratofortress bomber aircraft over the Point Mugu Sea Range which took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California.
“B-52H Stratofortress took off Monday over the Point Mugu Sea Range intending to fire the first booster test vehicle for the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) program. Instead, the test missile was not able to complete its launch sequence and was safely retained on the aircraft which returned to Edwards AFB,” announced the Air Force.
The Air Force said they planned to review the missile to understand why it didn’t launch in order to make the next test more successful.
“While not launching was disappointing, the recent test provided invaluable information to learn from and continue ahead. This is why we test,” said Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, the Air Force’s program executive officer for its armaments directorate.
The ARRW is the successor of the canceled separate hypersonic weapons program, the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HSCW) which was also produced by Lockheed.
The Pentagon recently expressed the need to develop a hypersonic missile that can travel at 20 times the speed of sound and is currently competing with China and Russia.
Only Russia claimed to have been successful in developing a hypersonic missile so far.
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