For weeks now, murmurs of the potential for World War III have persisted, and they’ve persisted publicly, which tells us that there is plenty more of this conversation happening elsewhere.
Yes, the world seems poised for a global clash between liberty and authoritarianism, as all the world’s strongmen begin to consolidate their allegiances in an age where their people are ever more able to learn about free, democratic nations that exist outside their borders.
The reckoning is coming, and the tyrants are bracing for it. This includes the procurement of ever-scarier weapons like hypersonic missiles that can evade any defense system known to man. Russia and China are already ready to deploy these devices, (and maybe North Korea too), but the US has lagged behind.
That is, until now.
The United States successfully tested two Lockheed Martin Corp hypersonic missiles recently, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, amid growing concerns Russia and China have had more success developing their own hypersonic weapons.Trending:
The U.S. Air Force confirmed it successfully tested its Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) booster on Tuesday off the California coast. Reuters reported the ARRW test earlier on Wednesday in which the booster was carried aloft under the wing of a B-52H before it was launched. In previous tests, the weapon did not detach from the plane.
The company and US military officials were pleased with the results.
“This second successful test demonstrates ARRW’s ability to reach and withstand operational hypersonic speeds, collect crucial data for use in further flight tests, and validate safe separation from the aircraft,” Lockheed said in a statement.
Air Force Brigadier General Heath Collins, program executive officer, Armament Directorate, said, “We have now completed our booster test series and are ready to move forward to all-up-round testing later this year.”
The move comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine appears to be emboldening leaders in China, who’ve long been threatening to take Taiwan for themselves.