The U.S. Air Force has again failed flight tests of a prototype hypersonic missile AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).
The tests were carried out on the B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California. The rocket was safely separated from the aircraft, but the engine did not start. According to USAF, despite the technical problems of the engine, during the launch it was possible to obtain “valuable data.” During the last test, the prototype did not separate from the carrier aircraft.
“The missile cleanly separated from the aircraft and successfully demonstrated the full release sequence including GPS acquisition, umbilical disconnect and power transfer from the aircraft to the missile. The missile also demonstrated fin operation and de-confliction maneuvers which ensures a safe operation for the aircrew.
“Following the safe separation maneuvers, the rocket motor did not ignite. The ARRW team continues to progress through the rapid prototyping effort with a steadfast commitment to the well-being of Airmen and equipment, striking a balance between prudent risk and rapid advancement of the program,” states the USAF release.
The hypersonic missile AGM-183A is developed by Lockheed Martin. due to its technical characteristics, it is capable of speeds in excess of 15 thousand miles per hour. It is equipped with a jet engine with a controlled warhead. The US media says that the conventionally armed AGM-183A can fly in 30 minutes to Beijing, and to Moscow in 20 minutes.