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The US Air Force's oldest bomber fired off a new hypersonic weapon in the Pacific


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The recent test is the first of its kind by the US in the Western Pacific, a demonstration of strength in an often-tense region, particularly due to increasingly aggressive behavior by China. An Air Force spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday, that "a B-52 Stratofortress conducted a test of the All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon." 

While the Air Force didn't say if the test was successful, the spokesperson noted it "gained valuable insights into the capabilities of this new, cutting-edge technology." "While we won't discuss specific test objectives," they said, "this test acquired valuable, unique data and was intended to further a range of hypersonic programs. We also validated and improved our test and evaluation capabilities for continued development of advanced hypersonic systems."

The US Air Force's oldest bomber fired off a new hypersonic weapon in the Pacific, but the missile's future is uncertain (msn.com)

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