France tests hypersonic glider for first time

SpaceWar.com reports: “France has for the first time tested a hypersonic glide vehicle, a warhead that defies interception thanks to its unpredictable trajectory, a source with knowledge of the test said Tuesday.

The speed of HGVs can exceed Mach 5, or 6,000 kilometres per hour (3,730 mph). The technology is being developed or deployed by a small number of countries that includes China, Russia and the United States.

The French glider, called V-Max, was launched from a sounding rocket — which allows precise measurements — that went airborne in southern France late Monday, the source told AFP…”

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