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Russia wants a hypersonic bomber Russian leaders have taken notice of the U.S. Air Force’s plans to build a next generation bomber announcing they have set their sites on building a hypersonic bomber . Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said his country won’t settle for a bomber like the B-2. Air Force leaders want to pursue the same hypersonic technology the U.S. military is trying to develop. Rogozin’s comments come conspicuously close to a failed hypersonic test flight the U.S. Air Force held on Aug. 15. The test flight vehicle dropped into the Pacific Ocean 15 seconds after it was released from a specially outfitted B-52 and never reached the Mach 6 speeds U.S. Air Force officials had hoped. To fly hypersonic means flying five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) or faster than 3,840 miles per hour. The Russians hope to build their hypersonic bomber by 2020, Rog...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/08/29/russia-wants-a-hyperson...

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