LOS ANGELES—Despite the U.S. Defense Department’s near-term emphasis on the test and development of rocket-boosted hypersonic glide weapons, most proponents of high-speed defense doctrine concur that mastery of air-breathing technology is critical to the longer-term viability of Mach 5-plus tactical systems. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Force Test Center disclosure that thrust levels of more than 13,000 lb. thrust were achieved during recent ground tests of a ...

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