The AGM-183A hypersonic missile has been successfully developed in the United States

Picture of a promising hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW
Picture of a promising hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: May 17 2022 at 03:42 pm

The United States Air Force has successfully launched a test launch of a prototype AGS-183A aviation-based hypersonic missile.

This was reported by The War Zone.

The US military said the test launch took place last Saturday, May 14.

The prototype of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile was launched aboard the B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber, part of the 419th Test Squadron over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

This successful test was carried out after three failed attempts last year.

AGM-183A ARRW. Photo: PS USA

The creation of the AGM-183A ARRW (Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon) is one of the most important defense projects in the United States.

According to previously announced data, the ARRW complex consists of an air-based solid-propellant rocket equipped with a hypersonic unit with a Tactical Boost Glide rocket engine.

This aircraft complex is created around the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) project - a universal guided maneuverable gliding hypersonic warhead designed to equip the weapons systems of three types of US forces (Army, Air Force and Navy).

Test AGM-183A ARRW on B-52H
Test AGM-183A ARRW on B-52H. August 2020. Photo: US Air Force

Earlier, the US Air Force said that it would take ARRW only 10 to 12 minutes to hit targets at a distance of 1,000 miles.

AGM-183A - a promising hypersonic cruise missile
AGM-183A - a promising hypersonic cruise missile with an air-jet engine and a guided combat unit developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

The C-HGB hypersonic warhead is based on the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) experimental hypersonic warhead developed by Sandy National Laboratories for the US Army, which was tested in two launches in 2011 and 2014 and reached a speed of 8M ( "M" - Number Mach ).

missile AGM-183A ARRW
Picture of a promising hypersonic missile AGM-183A ARRW

For C-HGB, the official speed is still "more than 5M". These units are manufactured by Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS).

It is planned to purchase at least eight full-fledged AGM-183A prototypes, some of which may be deployed with limited operational capabilities depending on how the flight tests are conducted.

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