The US military conducted an investigation are testing their ability to develop hypersonic weapons in the face of the growing threat from Russia, which held a series of exercises of its nuclear deterrent forces on Wednesday.
The test, carried out with “success” according to the United States forces, took place at the military facility Wallops Flight, in the state of Virginia, according to information from the CNN television network.
That’s how the Armed Forces did it more than a dozen experiments with components of hypersonic weapons collecting data to facilitate research and development of this type of weapon under a program shared by the United States Army and Navy.
This is the second trial being conducted with a goal expand the armed capabilities of the North American country on land and sea. The first was conducted in October 2021.
“The launch went very well,” said Johnny Wolfe, director of Strategic Systems Programs. The military is scheduled to conduct a second launch this Thursday, along with 13 other experiments related to the development of hypersonic missiles.
Hypersonic weapons can travel at a speed greater than 6,400 kilometers per hour, which makes detection and interception difficult. The missiles can also maneuver and change altitude, allowing them to evade third-party defense systems.
The Pentagon has turned the development of this weapon as one of its main priorities, especially after the tests conducted by China last year and the recent use of this type of weapon by Russia during the invasion of Ukraine.