The 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 on July 17. The announcement moves the UK into the exclusive club of nations vying to develop hypersonic weapons and aircraft, joining China, France, Japan, Russia ...

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