26 Feb '16, 8pm

Hypersonic missiles could be operational in 2020s, general says

Hypersonic missiles could be operational in 2020s, general says

A B-52 carries the X-51 Hypersonic Vehicle out to the range for launch test, May 1, 2013. Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello said the service could start testing hypersonic missiles for operations in the 2020s. (Photo: Courtesy Bobbi Zapka/Air Force Research Laboratory) 8 CONNECT TWEET 13 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE ORLANDO — Hypersonic missiles could be here faster than you know it. By 2020, the Air Force is likely to have operational prototypes ready for a program of record and testing to develop an operational unit, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory. By the 2030s, the technology could have expanded beyond delivering warheads at speeds faster than sound to also include hypersonic intelligence and reconnaissance flights, he said. The Air Force, Masiello said is focusing on “deliberate, incremental progress towards maturing this tech...

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