US Tests Missile That can Fly Eight Times Speed of Sound

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 17, 2017

Pentagon defence bosses and allies Australia test-fired a hypersonic missile capable of flying eight times faster than the speed of sound.

Video released from the launch shows the incredible rocket screaming through the skies after a launch in the town of Woomera, Australia.

"What we can do is to develop our own hypersonic weapons and improve our defences against their".

"The experimental flight, designated as "HIFiRE 4", was part of the HIFiRE Program conducted by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), partnering with UQ, Boeing, and BAE Systems".

The device is part of a £41 million project with previous tests carried out in Hawaii and Norway.

In May, US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, said at a Congress hearing that Washington will have to counter a potential threat to the US associated with this trend.

Minister Marise Payne said the success of these flights takes us one step closer to the realisation of hypersonic flight.

Aerospace engineering researchers from UQ, along with industry and government partners, completed the test flight at Woomera in South Australia.

The hypersonic weapon reaches speeds of Mach 8 - 6138 miles per hour - and has improved manoeuvrability over conventional missiles.

"There are key military applications of this technology and by understanding hypersonic flight, the Australian Defence Force will be in a better position to respond to future threats".

She said the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) team had achieved significant milestones, including design, assembly and pre-flight testing of the hypersonic vehicles and design of complex avionics and flight systems.

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