United States Air Force strategic bomber Stratofortress B-52H during a joint test in the air lost a prototype of a hypersonic missile created as part of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) program, Aviation Week reports.
It is known that during a joint flight, the missile accidentally separated from the plane, after which it was destroyed. According to the magazine, the incident occurred with a bomber assigned to the 419th flight test squadron at the US Air Force Edwards Air Force Base in California. The causes of the incident are being investigated.
In April, U.S. Air Force General Timothy Ray announced that US supersonic strategic bombers with a variable sweep wing of the B-1B Lancer could receive 31 hypersonic missiles.
In May 2019, the American company Lockheed Martin introduced the concept of the fifth generation fighter F-35C Lightning II with a pair of hypersonic cruise missiles created by the HAWC.