CNN learned about the secret US test of a hypersonic missile

CNN learned of a covert US test of a hypersonic missile in mid-March The US covered up a test of a hypersonic missile to avoid a growing escalation in relations with Russia, a Pentagon source told CNN. The rocket, according to him, flew about 482 km at a speed of Mach 5 ” alt=”CNN learned of secret US test of hypersonic missile” />

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The US conducted a successful test of a hypersonic missile in mid-March, but kept it a secret due to unwillingness to allow tensions to rise with Russia, a US Department of Defense official familiar with the matter told CNN.

The interlocutor of the channel said that a hypersonic missile (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept, HAWC) was launched from a B-52 bomber off the west coast of the United States. The range of the missile was 300 miles (about 482 km), the source said, the height & mdash; 65 thousand feet (about 20 km), speed & mdash; 5 swings. Even the minimum hypersonic speed (about 380 miles per hour – 611 km per hour) allows you to cover a distance of 300 miles in 5 minutes, CNN indicated.

The test was carried out a few days after Moscow announced the use of its own hypersonic missile ” Dagger» during a special operation in Ukraine, CNN reported, during this strike, Russian troops hit an ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the western part of the country.

Russian troops used the “Dagger” during a special operation in Ukraine on March 19, the Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of “a large underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition”; Ukrainian forces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. The department later noted that the use of the “Dagger” against the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be continued, the use has shown “its effectiveness in the destruction of highly protected special objects of the enemy.”

“I wouldn't see this as a game changer,” — then assessed the incident, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, CNN reported.

In early March, the Pentagon postponed the planned test launch of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. This decision, said John Kirby, a spokesman for the department, was taken to demonstrate that the United States had no “intention to engage in any action that could be misunderstood or interpreted.” “We wanted to demonstrate that we are a responsible nuclear power,” — he stressed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the launch was planned to take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, plans were changed due to tensions with Moscow. A month later, in early April, US Air Force spokesman Ein Stefanek told Reuters that the missile test had been cancelled.

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