Trump has claimed that the missile has an accuracy of 14 inches from its ‘center point.’ On Tuesday, in a video montage first acquired by The Drive, the U.S. Army released rare footage of its secretive hypersonic missile.
This is the same missile that has been referred to as his “super-duper missile” by U.S. President Donald Trump. As per the video, on March 19th, 2020, a hypersonic test was launched from Hawaii. The army is referring to as Flight Experiment 2. Some reports claim that the missile will be able to reach speeds of Mach 17, and that is the extent of information that has been made public.
Additionally, although the military sources are yet to confirm, Trump has claimed that this missile has an accuracy of 14 inches (36 cm) from its “center point.”
The free video is narrated by army Lieutenant General L. Neil Thurgood, the Director for Hypersonics, Directed Energy, Space, and Rapid Acquisition within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.
As per the narration, the missile gets off the pad quick and gets pretty high, pretty fast. However, so far, it hasn’t been revealed how high it goes and what speeds it achieves. Instead, the video ends when the vehicle hits its mark and the narration mentioning that being the explosion at the other end.
We know that hypersonic missiles travel at least five times faster than the speed of sound. It is considered highly maneuverable and can be operated at various altitudes. But questions remain unanswered. Was it an actual warhead exploding? Or was it the result of a vehicle at a hypersonic speed hitting a target? We are waiting to hear more about criteria that the missile meets and the most important question of all, what will it be used for?