The U.S. Navy tested the first-stage engine of a hypersonic missile for the first time, and the progress was far behind the Russian "Zircon"
[Global Network Reporter Zhang Haichao] According to the "Defense News" website on the 27th, the U.S. Navy and its industrial team conducted the first test of a solid rocket engine suitable for hypersonic missiles on Thursday, which will promote the U.S. Navy's CPS and the United States. Army LRHW hypersonic weapon program.
In March 2021, the U.S. Army obtains the first hypersonic prototype equipment
According to reports, the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Program Office tested this first-stage solid rocket motor in Utah. According to a press release issued by the US Navy, the solid-state engine is part of a new hypersonic missile booster and will be combined with a general-purpose hypersonic glide body (CHGB) for the manufacture of general-purpose hypersonic missiles. Both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army will be equipped with this general-purpose missile, but they will customize their own weapon systems and launchers for launching from sea or land.
It is reported that the General Hypersonic Glider (CHGB) has been successfully tested in March 2020. The U.S. Army and Navy are currently cooperating with industry for research and development and production. The U.S. Navy leads the design of the glide body and the U.S. Army leads the production work. .
According to reports, the US Navy has changed its plan to deploy hypersonic missile platforms. The previous plan was to deploy it on nuclear submarines first, but last month, US Secretary of Naval Operations Admiral Gildi said that priority will be given to the installation of hypersonic missiles on the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class large guided missile destroyer.
"Defense News" stated that hypersonic weapons fly at speeds exceeding Mach 5, which puts most targets in the world at risk within a few minutes.
According to an earlier report by ITASS, Russia will complete the national test of the "Zircon" hypersonic missile this year, and it has been successful three times in a row in the live-fire launch test last year.
According to reports, Russia's overall progress in the development of "zircon" not only far surpasses that of the United States, but it will also be the only hypersonic anti-ship missile in the coming years. As the "Defense News" pointed out, it will threaten the navies of the United States and other Western countries. Now that the U.S. Navy changes its original deployment plan, it is likely to delay the installation schedule of hypersonic missiles.