Air Force Successfully Completes Another Hypersonic Test
Aerospace company Lockheed Martin has put out a statement saying that they have successfully conducted the "second consecutive" hypersonic boosted test of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) with the United States Air Force
On Wednesday, the Pentagon said that two Lockheed Martin Corp hypersonic missiles were recently successfully tested, which included an Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) booster on Tuesday off of the coast of California after a previous test ended in failure as the weapon failed to detach from the aircraft.
Another successful hypersonic weapon test was announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and had been carried out at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
A statement from Lockheed regarding the second, and recent most test said, "This second successful test demonstrates ARRW's ability to reach and withstand operational hypersonic speeds, collect crucial data for use in further flight tests, and validate safe separation from the aircraft".
The Eglin Air Force Base in Florida said: "The Air Force conducted another successful hypersonic test off the Southern California coast on July 12, 2022. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon Booster Test Flight-3 was the 12th flight for the program and third release demonstration. The AGM-183A weapon system reached hypersonic speeds and primary and secondary objectives were met".
Brigadier General. Heath Collins, Program Executive Officer, Armament Directorate said, ""This was another important milestone for the Air Force's first air-launched hypersonic weapon. The test successfully demonstrated booster performance expanding the operational envelope. We have now completed our booster test series and are ready to move forward to all-up-round testing later this year. Congratulations to the entire ARRW team, your dedication and expertise are what got us here".
The Air Force Base said that the ARRW is designed with the ability to destroy "high-value" and "time-sensitive" targets, and will be expanding precision-strike weapons systems capabilities by enabling "rapid response strikes" against heavily defended land targets.
Air Force Brigadier General Heath Collins stated, "We have now completed our booster test series and are ready to move forward to all-up-round testing later this year".