U.S. – Raytheon hypersonic weapon successfully tested

U.S. - Raytheon hypersonic weapon successfully tested

U.S. – Raytheon hypersonic weapon successfully tested

The United States has successfully tested a Raytheon hypersonic weapon, an air-breathing hypersonic weapon capable of speeds faster than five times the speed of sound, according to an announcement by the Pentagon.

The test took place as the United States and its global rivals quicken their pace to build hypersonic weapons, the next generation of arms that rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms.

The mission, which resulted in the first successful test of this type of cruise missile since 2013, was completed by the U.S. Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour. Hypersonic missiles are dramatically faster than traditional weapons such as cruise missiles, with the ability to maneuver at high speed at altitudes that avoid long-range radars.