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US will conduct a test launch of hypersonic weapons

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States will carry out test launches of supersonic weapons this year, said Mike White, deputy director of the Department of Defense’s hypersonic weapons program.

“We will launch the development for the Navy and ground forces from the program of quick non-nuclear strike … Dates are classified, but it will be later this year,” he told reporters.

According to him, the upcoming experiment will be called “Experimental launch number two.”

“We are still conducting experimental launches before moving on to testing prototype weapons,” White added.

At the same time, he acknowledged that they had already moved from the development stage to the creation of prototypes, the next stage would be the transition from prototypes to the purchase of existing weapons systems from developers.

The upcoming tests, according to White, are designed to determine the ability of the planning hypersonic corps “to perform tasks related to the future purpose of the weapon.” He refused to provide details, saying only that “during the test everything that is possible, from and to, will be demonstrated.”

According to White, the United States has been decades ahead of everyone in hypersonic technology, but has “consistently decided not to use it in armaments.”

“The Russians and the Chinese, to be honest, did it a few years ago. So we started our work and are accelerating precisely in the transition to practical use,” he said.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that the United States has a large number of “superfast missiles,” although it was previously said that only hypersonic weapons are being developed.

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