The Pentagon named a hypersonic missile that will be the first to enter service with the US Army
The US Department of Defense issued a statement regarding the first hypersonic missiles that may appear in service with the US Army. According to the director of the program for hypersonic weapons at the Pentagon, Mike White, an approximate date has been set for the first deliveries of hypersonic missiles to the troops.
Mike White pointed out that the department's financial documents provide for a "fast-track procurement strategy" for hypersonic weapons in the second half of next (2022) year.
In addition, a US defense official has designated a missile that will be the first hypersonic weapon in the US Army's arsenal. According to him, such a weapon will be an airborne AGM-183A missile. At the moment, "various types of tests of this missile" are reportedly ongoing.
White acknowledges that the United States is currently lagging behind Russia and China in terms of the development of hypersonic missile technologies.
It was noted that it is planned to arm strategic bombers B-183 of the US Air Force with AGM-52A hypersonic missiles and their modifications at the first stage. Subsequently, such missiles can become part of the arsenal of F-15EX and F-35 fighters.
The relevant US department says that the AGM-183A rocket is capable of speeds above 5 M (the speed of sound).
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