Hypersonic glide body tested by Pentagon
WASHINGTON. The U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, under supervision of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), jointly tested a hypersonic glide body at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii this week, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). According to the Pentagon, the MDA monitored and gathered tracking data from the flight experiment that will inform its ongoing development of systems designed to defend against adversary hypersonic systems.
According to the DoD, the experiment — and future tests like it — is intended to inform the DoD's goal of fielding hypersonic capabilities within the next few years.
Hypersonic weapons can fly at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound and are highly maneuverable, enabling soldiers to strike targets hundreds or even thousands of miles away in a matter of minutes.
In October, Robert Strider, deputy director of Army hypersonic programs, told attendees at the Association of the United States Army convention that the Army expects to deploy a long-range hypersonic weapon system by by 2023.