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Pentagon: US successfully tests hypersonic missile.

This achievement marks the third successful test of a series of hypersonic weapons being developed by various American programmes.

The third successful test of that type of weapon since 2013 was conducted by the United States using an air-breathing hypersonic missile made by Raytheon Technologies Corp., according to a statement released by the Pentagon on Monday.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, oversees the development of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC). For the final contract award, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Corp. are vying with one another.

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Air-breathing vehicles use atmospheric air to propel themselves for an extended period of time. Space’s vacuum allows for the operation of several propulsion technologies.

Since September, there have been four testing of air-breathing hypersonic missiles. While Lockheed had one successful test and one failure, Raytheon’s product was successful both times.

“This was a crucial advancement in our nation’s hypersonic capabilities, which is a crucial national need. Having two consecutively successful flight tests increases our confidence in the technological sophistication of our HAWC prototype “According to Wes Kremer, head of Raytheon’s Missiles & Defense division.

“The vehicle flew a trajectory that engineers designed to intentionally stress the weapon concept to explore its limits and further validate digital performance models,” Raytheon said in a statement after releasing HAWC from an aircraft and accelerating to hypersonic speeds with the help of scramjet engine.

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This achievement marks the third successful test of a series of hypersonic weapons being developed by various American programmes.

The Common Hypersonic Glide Body, a different kind of hypersonic missile, was tested unsuccessfully on June 29 at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

The development of hypersonic weapons, the next generation of weapons that deprive foes of reaction time and conventional defeat mechanisms, is gaining momentum among the United States and its international competitors. In the upper stratosphere, hypersonic missiles can reach speeds of up to 6,200 km/h (3,853 mph), or more than five times the speed of sound.

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