The rocket rose to a height of more than 19 thousand meters and traveled a distance of over 555 km.

The Office of Advanced Research (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday confirmed that the U.S. Armed Forces recently conducted tests of a hypersonic missile.

“DARPA and <…> the U.S. Air Force recently completed <…> flight tests of the Lockheed Martin version of the [rocket company] within the framework of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC),” the message on the DARPA website says.

The department noted that the rocket accelerated to a cruising speed five times the speed of sound, and maintained it “for a long time.” The rocket rose to a height of more than 19 thousand meters and traveled a distance of over 555 km. “This is the second successful flight within the framework of <…> HAWC. Last September, a device of a different configuration, developed by another contractor, also reached the speed of sound,” the Pentagon said.

Earlier, CNN, citing a source, reported that the United States secretly tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March to prevent an increase in tensions with Russia. The TV company emphasizes that this is the second successful test of hypersonic weapons under the HAWC program, the first took place in September last year.