As the hypersonic missile arms race intensifies, the United States unveiled promising progress on deploying its first “Dark Eagle” long-range weapon system capable of eluding detection and interception and might be fielding it sooner than expected.

Evaluating Capabilities

The US Army recently deployed its first long-range hypersonic weapon (LRHW) system more than 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) away from its previous post to Cape Canaveral in Florida to launch a full expeditionary rehearsal and test its capabilities.

The weapons system was initially stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, before transferring to the Sunshine State to partake in the deployment exercise, dubbed Thunderbolt Strike, and gain insightful, “immediate feedback” from future operators on the sophisticated system.

Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment conducted a series of practice drills, scrutinizing every nook and cranny of the high-precision LRHW system.

Our Soldiers processed real missions, with real data, in real-time, to produce real effects to learn lessons and generate readiness,” Commander Brig. Gen. Bernard Harrington stated.