US Nixes Testing the First-Ever Hypersonic Long-Range Missile

The Pentagon canceled on Wednesday the test flight of the US hypersonic weapon Dark Eagle, which was meant to be the US Army’s first hypersonic long-range missile in its arsenal.

Per the US Department of Defense’s statement, the test flight of what was expected to become the first such missile in the country’s arsenal did not occur as a result of pre-flight checks, failing to reveal the exact reasons for the cancellation of the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon’s (LRHW) launch scheduled to take place at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

It also cast doubt on whether the military met its goal to declare the Dark Eagle initially combat-capable by September 30.

This is another step backward for the US, which is lagging behind Russia and China when it comes to hypersonic weapons after a series of failed tests forced the Pentagon to cancel its ARRW (Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon) hypersonic air-to-ground missile program back in March.

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