Friday, November 18, 2011

US army tests hypersonic weapon over the Pacific

[Full story: Dawn News] 18 Nov

The US Army tested an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon from the military’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai at about 1:30 a.m, Thursday. The weapon’s ”glide vehicle” reached Kwajalein Atoll – some 2,300 miles away – in less than half an hour, said Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman, Dawn News reports quoting Reuters.

The new missile is said to be five times faster than the speed of sound. The Congressional Research Service report said the AHW would be able to maneuver to avoid flying over third party nations as it approached its target.

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