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 over -13,000 lb. were achieved during recent ground tests of a Northrop Grumman-developed ...

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