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US test of new hypersonic missile fails amid China, Russia pressure

The Jerusalem Post reports: “A flight test of a new US hypersonic missile system in Hawaii, named ‘Conventional Prompt Strike,’ failed, most likely due to a problem that took place after ignition, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

‘An anomaly occurred following ignition of the test asset,’ Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman said. ‘the Department remains confident that it is on track to field offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities on target dates beginning in the early 2020s.’

‘Program officials have initiated a review to determine the cause to inform future tests,’ he said. ‘While the Department was unable to collect data on the entirety of the planned flight profile, the information gathered from this event will provide vital insights.’

The recent failure marks the second unsuccessful test flight of the prototype weapon, in October 2021, a booster malfunction, which prevented the missile from leaving the launch pad, rendered the weapon system’s first test flight a failure as well…”

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