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Eglin Air Force Base

Test team detonates hypersonic missile warhead

By Samuel King Jr. / Published July 07, 2021

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Recently, the 780th Test Squadron successfully detonated an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon warhead for the first time.

The first-of-its-kind test for the air-to-ground, rocket-powered, high-altitude, hypersonic missile collected data on the lethality of the unique weapon.

The unique nature and shape of the warhead required a lot of firsts for everyone involved, according to the test's manager, David Spiker 780th TS.

Some of the firsts were the new and unorthodox design and construction of the test arena, the test procedures and equipment, the warhead's fragmentation data collecting and the post-test data processing to ensure the warhead's effects have been accurately characterized.

The 780th TS successfully designed and conducted the test to ensure the customer's data requirements were met using new and improved test tools, technologies, and techniques.

This successful test positioned Eglin's test team to remain at the forefront to support the testing of hypersonic weapons long into the future.

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