LOS ANGELES—Coming at a critical time for the acceleration of U.S. hypersonic weapons technology, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Force Test Center have achieved over 13,000 lb. thrust during ground tests of a Northrop Grumman-developed scramjet. The power level marks an Air Force record for the highest thrust produced by an air-breathing hypersonic engine and is likely to be competitive with scramjet performances produced elsewhere in the world to date. The tests ...

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