Hypersonic captive carry flight test performed by Lockheed Martin

PARIS AIR SHOW. Key tests for hypersonic weapons were performed by experts from Lockheed Martin the U.S. Air Force. Testing involved the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) carried on the service's B-52 Stratofortress out of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force.

This captive carry flight is part of the Air Force's rapid prototyping effort to mature the hypersonic weapon, AGM-183A, which completed a preliminary design review this spring; more ground and flight testing is expected over the next three years.

Hypersonic weapons amplify many of the enduring attributes of airpower – speed, range, flexibility and precision - to overcome distance in contested threat environments.