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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/27/2021 06:44 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/27/2021 06:44 PM
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DARPA’S Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) Achieves Successful Flight

Arlington VA...DARPA, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, completed a free flight test of its Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) last week. The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies, was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine kicked on. The engine compressed incoming air mixed with its hydrocarbon fuel and began igniting that fast-moving airflow mixture, propelling the cruiser at a speed greater than Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound).





The HAWC vehicle operates best in oxygen-rich atmosphere, where speed and maneuverability make it difficult to detect in a timely way. It could strike targets much more quickly than subsonic missiles and has significant kinetic energy even without high explosives.

"The HAWC free flight test was a successful demonstration of the capabilities that will make hypersonic cruise missiles a highly effective tool for our warfighters,” said Andrew "Tippy" Knoedler, HAWC program manager in DARPA's Tactical Technology Office. "This brings us one step closer to transitioning HAWC to a program of record that offers next generation capability to the U.S military."

Goals of the mission were: vehicle integration and release sequence, safe separation from the launch aircraft, booster ignition and boost, booster separation and engine ignition, and cruise. All primary test objectives were met.

The achievement builds on pioneering scramjet projects, including work on the X-30 National Aero-Space Plane as well as unmanned flights of NASA’s X-43 vehicles and the U.S. Air Force’s X-51 Waverider.

“HAWC’s successful free flight test is the culmination of years of successful government and industry partnership, where a single, purpose-driven team accomplished an extremely challenging goal through intense collaboration,” Knoedler added. “This historic flight would not have been possible without the dedication of industry, U.S. Air Force, and Navy flight test personnel who persevered through the pandemic to make the magic happen.”

The HAWC flight test data will help validate affordable system designs and manufacturing approaches that will field air-breathing hypersonic missiles to our warfighters in the near future.

Image Caption: Artist’s concept of Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapons Concept (HAWC) missile (Courtesy: Raytheon Missiles & Defense)

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How American
Posted on: 2021-09-27 19:04:53   By: Anonymous
 
Another $Billion dollar war rat hole. The $ spent could repair our crumblibg bridges, roads, water/sewer systems, but NO, we got a new kick az missle, Yee Ha.
F the people, we can kick az, America's largest GDP is war machines, and war.
So much to be proud of!
No medical program for all as the rest in the world have, we have a kick az missile!
Our schools are graduation uneducated morons, but we have a kick az missile!
The homeless population keeps growing, but, ya, we got a kick az missile!

I'm all for defense but when it is 60% of our annual budget, there is a major problem.
Our priorities, and military industrial complex is out of freaking control.

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    Re: How American
    Posted on: 2021-09-27 20:11:56   By: Anonymous
     
    Fuc Trump

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      Re: How American
      Posted on: 2021-09-27 20:41:16   By: Anonymous
       
      How about you fuking yourself there big boy...

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        Re: How American
        Posted on: 2021-09-27 20:51:52   By: Anonymous
         
        Still using nazi technology. This sounds like the v1 rocket that had a pulse engine. More sophisticated yes. What would have happened if we didnt bring all those german rocket scientists over?

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    Re: How American
    Posted on: 2021-09-27 23:29:19   By: Anonymous
     
    Especially now that it is really the woke industrial complex and defense isn't even what they do anymore. Just another giant social engineering boondoggle

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      Re: How American
      Posted on: 2021-09-28 06:22:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Hey old fuk joe how many of these do the taliban have?...

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        Re: How American
        Posted on: 2021-09-28 07:33:39   By: Anonymous
         
        O

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        Re: How American
        Posted on: 2021-09-28 07:57:14   By: Anonymous
         
        None you moron.

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    Re: How American
    Posted on: 2021-09-28 15:40:15   By: Anonymous
     
    Another giant waste of tax payer money for a weapon that will never be used.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-09-28 07:59:11   By: Anonymous
 
Load it with Libtards and let them peddle it into the future!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-09-28 08:28:06   By: Anonymous
 
My dad was a lead engineer on the first Raytheon HAWK missile which was an anti-ballistic system. They're still out there under the desert floors of New Mexico and elsewhere, waiting to shoot down missiles aimed at the U.S. from foreign enemies. If you're paying attention to current events, you're aware that North Korea and others are still upping the game. If you're a football fan, you also know that the best offense is a good defense. Foolish to actually believe that we can prevent war by not advancing our defense system and burying our collective heads in the sand. Dad would be proud of the incredible work still being done at Raytheon.

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    Posted on: 2021-09-28 09:45:21   By: Anonymous
     
    Well said & thank you for the post.

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