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The US Air Force says it has successfully tested a hypersonic weapon that travels at five times the speed of sound.
The test was being conducted Saturday off the coast of Southern California when a B-52 bomber fired an airborne rapid-reaction weapon, the Air Force said in a statement.
“After separation from the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster ignited and burned for the expected duration, reaching hypersonic speeds five times the speed of sound,” it said.
The United States is not alone in developing hypersonic weapons, whose speed and maneuverability make them difficult to track and intercept.
Russia has fired hypersonic missiles at targets in Ukraine and China has been testing hypersonic weapons, US military officials said. China’s Foreign Ministry denied in October that it had conducted a weapons test.
It comes as Vladimir Putin boasted of Russia’s “unstoppable” Satan 2 ballistic missile, which could level an area the size of Britain.
Sarmat’s ICBMs can travel 11,000 miles and carry 10 or more nuclear warheads, and could be launched by this fall.
After last month’s ballistic missile launch, the Russian leader issued a chilling warning to the West as he boasted of a “major, significant event” for Russia’s defenses.
He said: “The missile can penetrate all modern missile defense systems. There is no such thing anywhere in the world and there will be no such thing for a long time.”
He also stated that the Sarmat will “ensure Russia’s security from external threats and make those who try to threaten our country with aggressive rhetoric think twice.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/breaking-tests-hypersonic-missile-after-26982459 US tests hypersonic missile after Putin boasts 'Satan II' weapon 'can destroy Britain'