The US Air Force’s program to develop a new hypersonic missile failed after the missile failed to launch from the B-52H Stratofortress bomber, which took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California.
“A B-52H Stratofortress flew on Monday over the Point Mugu naval test site to conduct the first launch of a test launch vehicle as part of the AGM-183A Air Launch Rapid Response Weapon Program. However, the test rocket was unable to complete the launch sequence and remained safely on the plane, which returned to Edwards AFB, ”the US Air Force said.
Hypersonic missiles are designed for high-speed flight followed by strikes against targets such as harbors, airfields and other objects.
“While the failed launch was disappointing, the test provided invaluable information to explore and continue. That’s what we’re testing for, ”said Brigadier General Heath Collins, executive program officer for the Directorate of Armaments.