The United States failed for a second time in an attempt to test the AGM-183A hypersonic missile from a bomber over Point Mugu waters off Southern California in the Pacific Ocean recently.
On April 5, the US Air Force performed the first practical test of its hypersonic missile, but it did not even complete the launch sequence, remaining on the wing, forcing the B52 -H must return to Edwards AFB. Unlike the previous test, on July 28, the AGM-183A missile was safely launched and separated from a B-52H strategic bomber, but the missile was successfully activated. The US military said the spray launch still provides valuable data, as well as showing that the AGM-183A missile development program is ensuring progress. The official press release of the US Air Force said that in the test on July 28, the missile successfully separated from the bomber, showing full release, operational guidance system, ability to control Good control and maneuverability of the propellers, but when it comes to turning on the engines and aiming the missile at the target, there is a problem.
This test aims to focus on confirming the performance of the rocket’s boosters and the ability of the glide vehicle to decouple after the rocket engine is decommissioned. The model warhead is designed to disintegrate on its own shortly after detaching from the engine.
So far, the AGM-183A has had some successful tests, but it is “dry testing” i.e. simulation. Similar tests have recently been conducted by the US on the latest warhead W88 Alt 370, which is expected to become an integral part not only of the AGM-183A but also of cruise or anti-ship missiles. other ships.