Let’s Talk About The U.S. Air Force’s AGM-183 ARRW Hypersonic Weapon Test From Guam | Aviation

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File photo of an AGM-183 ARRW prototype being loaded on the B-52H . (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The test was performed on March 17, few weeks after the missile was photographed at Andersen Air Force Base under a B-52’s wing.

The U.S. Air Force confirmed that a B-52H Stratofortress, departed from Andersen Air Force Base,  Guam, launched a live AGM-183 Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 17, 2024, in what could be the last test of the hypersonic weapon. The test, the first of a US hypersonic weapon in the Indo-Pacific area, was kind of expected,  as rumors started circulating after the missile’s presence on Guam was acknowledged by the Air Force and the appearance of a NOTAM for weapon testing.

“A B-52H Stratofortress conducted a test of the All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon,” said an Air Force spokesperson. “This test launched a full prototype operational hypersonic missile and focused on the ARRW’s end-to-end performance The test took place at the Reagan Test Site with the B-52 taking off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on March 17, 2024 local time.”

The service did not say if the test was successful, however it mentioned that the test provided “valuable insights into the capabilities of this new, cutting-edge technology”. No mention was made also regarding whether the missile struck the surface or a target, although the recent DOT&E report stated that end-to-end test up until the impact was planned. The Reagan Test Site, near Kwajalein Atoll, was used in the past for impact testing of other weapons.

“This test acquired valuable, unique data and was intended to further a range of hypersonic programs,” the spokesperson added. “We also validated and improved our test and evaluation capabilities for continued development of advanced hypersonic systems.” An important part in the data gathering during the test was played by naval surface test monitoring vessels and Missile Defense Agency monitoring…

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