The US military is taking a significant step forward in hypersonic weapon development, with the US Navy gearing up for a critical test of the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) as part of a joint program with the US Army.

As reported by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) last March 13, this collaboration signifies a major push to usher in a new era of hypersonic warfare capabilities.

The Power of the LRHW

Let’s crack this open, like diving into a murky pool where the deep end’s not just deep; it’s a whole different universe.

We’re stepping into a world where the usual laws of physics seem to bend around the edges, where Mach speeds are just the slow lane.

It’s the story of the US military’s latest dance with the devil—hypersonic weapons, precisely that beast they’re calling the LRHW.

This isn’t your granddaddy’s missile; it’s something else.

Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon
Prototype hypersonic hardware (Image source: DVIDS)

It’s got the Army and Navy holding hands in a rare show of inter-service camaraderie, each bringing something to the party.

The Army is bringing in the brains of the operation with its Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB), while the Navy is muscling in with a hefty 34.5-inch booster.