The United States Air Force (Air Force) has failed the second time flight tests of the prototype hypersonic missile AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), reports The Drive.
The publication notes that during the tests, the engine did not work for the prototype, which separated from the strategic bomber B-52 Stratofortress. The corresponding tests took place in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Nevertheless, according to the US Air Force, during the tests it was still possible to obtain “valuable data”. The Drive recalls that in previous flight tests in April, the prototype rocket did not separate from the carrier aircraft.
In March, the Daily Express tabloid wrote that the AGM-183A ARRW, launched, for example, from the US Air Force's B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber, could strike Moscow in less than 20 minutes and reach Beijing in half an hour.
In November 2020, The Drive reported that the AGM-183A ARRW will fly at an average speed of 6.5 to 8 Mach numbers for a range of hundreds of kilometers, that is, the rocket will cover a distance of 1000 miles (more than 1600 kilometers) in 10-12 minutes. …
In March of the same year, the American company Lockheed Martin showed an image of a promising “super-fast” (or hypersonic) missile system AGM-183A ARRW.
In June 2019, the B-52H Stratofortress made its maiden flight with the AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic aeroballistic missile.