1 février 2023 | International, Aérospatial

DARPA, AFRL, Lockheed Martin And Aerojet Rocketdyne Teams Second Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept Launched From B-52 Accomplishes All Test Objectives

The system performed as predicted travelling more than 300 nautical miles and reaching altitudes above 60,000 feet


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