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Company named, won the tender for the supply of hypersonic missiles for the US Air Force

Company named, won the tender for the supply of hypersonic missiles for the US Air ForceThe US Air Force announced, that the American company Raytheon won the design competition, development and initial delivery of HACM hypersonic attack cruise missiles, surpassing two other defense giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The contract amount is 985 million dollars, the press service of the military department.

While we are talking about designing and testing a model of an air-launched hypersonic missile with a ramjet engine (GPVRD). If everything goes according to plan, then the first hypersonic missiles will begin to enter service with the US Air Force in 2027 year.

At the same time, work will continue on the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment project (SCIFiRE), under which the US Department of Defense and Australia are jointly developing several prototypes of a new hypersonic system.

HACM will give our commanders the tactical flexibility to use fighters to keep critical, time sensitive targets, while keeping the bombers for other strategic tasks - told about the plans of the military command, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General George Brown.

The Air Force has shown great interest in the HACM program, invited 316,8 million dollars in its budget for 2023 financial year, which is almost 257 million dollars more, than in 2022 fiscal year. According to plan, as early as next year, NASM developers should start “assembling, integration and testing of subsystems for qualification testing, as well as prototype systems for ground and flight tests".

Now the United States is implementing several ambitious programs in the field of developing hypersonic weapons at once.. In the same time, The United States lags far behind Russia and China on this issue., who already have hypersonic missiles in service. In Moscow, this is the ship "Zircon", aeroballistic "Dagger" and strategic glider "Vanguard". Beijing has a medium-range solid-propellant missile DF-17 (Dong Feng-17).

The first-ever combat use of a hypersonic missile occurred in March of this year., when the Russian "Dagger" destroyed a large underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops in the village of Delyatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk region. Later, the RF Armed Forces successfully used hypersonic systems several more times to destroy fuel depots and command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.. The Delyatyn facility was built during the Soviet era and had to withstand a direct hit from a nuclear warhead., but the blow of the "Dagger" could not stand it.

This is a note to some retired American generals, who threaten Russia with great retribution in the event of the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, forgetting, that we can inflict comparable damage without the use of nuclear warheads. And, not only in Ukraine. Author:Alexander Grigoriev

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