Pentagon Ground Tests Fighter-Jet Launched Hypersonic Weapon

“We are flying a HAWC system…ground tests have already happened. The whole point is to simulate what you would experience in flight, so you can create the correct thermal environment. You can model and measure the heat in the vehicle and you can measure the material properties,” Dr. Thomas Bussing, Vice President, Raytheon Missile Systems, told Warrior in an interview. “You can't test range (with a ground test), but you can measure performance, lift of the vehicle and thrust, attributes from which you can infer range.”

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