US military successfully tests hypersonic weapon off Kauai

US military successfully tests hypersonic weapon off Kauai
The U.S. military successfully tested a hypersonic weapon off Kauai on Thursday night. (Source: Department of Defense)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. military on Thursday night successfully tested a hypersonic weapon in Hawaii skies, calling the launch a “major milestone.”

The Department of Defense said the experiment was run by the Navy and Army from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai around 10:30 p.m.

The so-called hypersonic glide body can travel at five times the speed of sound and can hit targets hundreds and even thousands of miles away in just a matter of minutes.

Another test was held in 2017.

The military called the test a major milestone toward having hypersonic weapons ready to use in the next couple of years.

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