Raytheon disclosed on 23 April that it has successfully completed the first static test of the new solid rocket motor for its DeepStrike hypersonic surface-to-surface missile.
The test, conducted at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia on 26 March, paves the way for “continued static ground tests this spring, supporting the effort to getting to flight tests later this year”, a Raytheon spokesperson told Jane’s .
“Testing shows us how initial data assessments line up and validates them for the next phase in development,” said Dr Thomas Bussing, vice-president, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems. “This test confirms our design for the DeepStrike propulsion system is solid and moves us one step closer to extending the army’s reach and doubling the load-out of long-range fires.”
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