- During the test on April 5, the US Air Force failed when it launched the hypersonic missile AGM-183A from the B-52H aircraft.
- The first flight test for US Air Force’s hypersonic booster didn’t go as planned
The test failed when the prototype of the hypersonic missile AGM-183A failed to detach from the mount on the B-52H. The Air Force said in a statement on April 6:
“The Air Force had a step back in progress with its supersonic missile program when the first test with a propulsion failed.
The B-52H bomber took off on April 5 to launch the prototype AGM-183A, but the test bullet could not complete the launch procedure and was safely hung on the plane until it reached the Edwards base ” .
The US Air Force has conducted 7 test flights with the missile model AGM-183A to collect positioning data and flight parameters, test the ability to integrate missiles onto the B-52H launch platform and build procedures. Operated for the first test shot. The flight test was to test the propulsion engine’s performance, as well as the detachability of the supersonic surfacing vehicle after the rocket engine stopped working. The warhead is designed to self-crumble shortly after being separated from the engine, helping to minimize the no-fly zone for ships and aircraft.