[quote]The Army on Thursday conducted its first flight test of a new weapon capable of traveling five times the speed of sound.
The Army launched the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon from the militaryâ€™s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai at about 1:30 a.m.
The weaponâ€™s â€œglide vehicleâ€ reached Kwajalein Atoll â€” some 2,300 miles away â€” in less than half an hour, said Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Earlier this year, the Congressional Research Service said in a report the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of the militaryâ€™s program to develop â€œprompt global strikeâ€ weapons that would allow the U.S. to strike targets anywhere in the world with conventional weapons in as little as an hour.
The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, are developing a similar vehicle.