Pentagon: Our hypersonic developments have failed

General John Hayten, deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces, spoke about why the United States lagged behind Russia in the development of hypersonic weapons.

Speaking at the Center for International Strategic Studies in Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said the following:

In the field of hypersound, we are now seriously competing with a number of competitors in the world. We were ahead ten years ago. We had two programs, two prototypes. They did not work very well. What did we do after they failed? We began many years of research into the causes of failure and then canceled these programs.

The general emphasized that the restoration of the results obtained from past studies will take years, and urged representatives of the scientific community and the military-industrial complex to accelerate the process.

Currently, two US developments in the field of hypersound are known - the ARRW air-to-ground missile and the HCSW long-range hypersonic missile.

However, it is hardly worth expecting that in the near future work on these missiles will be completed and they will go into series.

Returning to Hayten’s words about the cancellation of programs, it should be noted that Russia inherited from the USSR unique developments, which still have no analogues in the world, work on which was stopped for one reason or another.

Maybe it's time to think about resuming these developments?
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  3. Jar.serge Offline Jar.serge
    Jar.serge (Reznik) 19 January 2020 11: 12
    May God continue. We are only happy for your every failure, sincerely.
  4. Valentine Offline Valentine
    Valentine (Valentin) 19 January 2020 11: 17
    Well, again, the tears of a crocodile, which means that all these multi-star generals are again begging for money from the State Department for their own needs - for kids for a "milk", or for a yacht "more modest".
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 January 2020 12: 09
      I'm afraid those generals do not have yachts "more modest" and will not be foreseen. Those generals live strictly on their salaries, which, I think, cannot buy especially luxurious yachts.
  5. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 19 January 2020 14: 48
    The Yankees rushed with the idea of ​​scramjet, in their opinion, for some reason, this is only hypersound. Ours didn’t get hung up on the scramjet because by the mid-80s it was found out that the scramjet had a significant drawback that could not be circumvented, and it did not seem to work out at all, due to the laws of nature. The scramjet engine goes out during active maneuvering, roughly speaking, it can fly only in a straight line. In the realities of modern missile weapons, this is a fatal flaw. A conventional solid fuel rocket in this regard is simpler, cheaper, and devoid of flaws with the same efficiency.
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 20 January 2020 12: 13
      A wonderful discovery, I just want to add that any ballistic missile is hypersonic, even the FAU-2. And there is no protection from their massive use on either side. Why all this hype is not entirely clear. All this is more like regular show-offs.
      1. shinobi Offline shinobi
        shinobi (Yuri) 21 January 2020 20: 24
        At the time of the start of scamming on the scramjet, the end of the 50s, this engine was considered as a cheaper version of the engine for high-speed cruise missiles. But the development of ballistic missiles went faster, and with the advent of solid fuel acceptable in terms of efficiency, the engine was made non-competitive in rocket technology. They forgot about the scramjet until the mid-80s. We revived the idea in connection with the projects of reusable aircraft-type spacecraft. Why the Yankees decided to step on the old rake again, adding a dvigun to the rocket, is unclear, and when they boasted loudly, the experts already said why nothing would come of it. Our hypersonic devices, as you, in fact, have noted, are classic aeroballistic missiles based on long-known design solutions. All the highlight in the management and guidance on the goal that there is a great state of secrecy. And Zircon, I have such a feeling, straight-through solid propellants brought to mind at the modern level. So to say, a new version of Mosquito.
  6. 123 Online 123
    123 (123) 20 January 2020 11: 58
    It's too early to rest on our laurels. Yes, we pulled ahead, but it’s not worth relaxing, there is still much to be done. Remember November 2019

    The frigate "Admiral Gorshkov" went to sea with missiles "Zircon"

    Has anyone read the test completion message?