LONDON—The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) will explore the feasibility of fielding a locally designed hypersonic weapon within four years and separately invest £10 million ($12.4 million) to develop and test military applications for the hypersonic propulsion systems in development by U.K.-based Reaction Engines, senior officials announced July 17. The announcement moves the UK into the exclusive club of nations vying to develop hypersonic weapons and aircraft, joining China, France, ...

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