Date
19 November 2017
The Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska from where the US military tried to test a new hypersonic weapon on Monday. The weapon was destroyed four seconds after launch as controllers detected a problem with the system. Photo: Reuters
The Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska from where the US military tried to test a new hypersonic weapon on Monday. The weapon was destroyed four seconds after launch as controllers detected a problem with the system. Photo: Reuters

US destroys hypersonic weapon seconds after test launch

A hypersonic weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, The Guardian newspaper reported.

The weapon was destroyed to ensure public safety, and no one was injured in the incident, a Pentagon spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

“We had to terminate,” the spokeswoman said. “The weapon exploded during takeoff and fell back down in the range complex.”

The weapon was developed by Sandia National Laboratory and the US Army as part of the military’s “Conventional Prompt Global Strike” technology development program, which is seeking to build a weapon that can destroy targets anywhere on Earth within an hour of getting data and permission to launch, the report said.

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