Hypersonic missile launch


The United States accelerated the missile to hypersonic speed, but even the Soviet S-300 air defense system can shoot it down

In the United States, for the first time, a rocket was accelerated to hypersonic speed.

For the first time since the development of hypersonic weapons, the American military managed to accelerate the missile to 5 speeds of sound. This indicates that the United States, as part of the tests, was successfully able to approach the creation of hypersonic weapons. Nevertheless, apparently, the speed indicator was borderline, in addition, sources report that at the final stage of testing, control over the missile was lost and it was never able to hit the conditional target.

“The United States has tested hypersonic air-jet weapons capable of five times the speed of sound in the first successful test of this class of weapon since 2013,” the Pentagon said on Monday. Free flight tests of the hypersonic air weapon concept (HAWC) took place last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said in a statement. Hypersonic weapons move in the upper atmosphere at a speed of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6200 kilometers per hour ", - reports the information agency "Reuters".

However, the fact that the United States cannot achieve stability in the ongoing tests indicates that there are no real prospects for the Pentagon to arm itself with hypersonic missiles so far.

Moreover, experts draw attention to the fact that the boundary flight speed of the rocket at hypersonic rates makes it very vulnerable even for the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems.

"Russian" Triumph "is capable of intercepting targets flying at speeds up to 9000 km / h. and the result demonstrated by the American missile, to put it mildly, can be called "weak". Taking into account the fact that acceleration to hypersonic speed is carried out at the final stage of the flight, even the Soviet S-300 air defense missile system, which has missiles capable of intercepting targets moving at speeds up to 4700 km / h, is capable of shooting down an American hypersonic missile. ", - the expert marks.