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US Army deploys hypersonic weapon at Cape Canaveral

US Army Soldier lifts the hydraulic launching system on the new Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon during Operation Thunderbolt Strike at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on March 3, 2023. Photo: Spc. Chandler Coats, US Army..

The US Army has deployed its first long-range hypersonic weapon system at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The US Army has deployed its first long-range hypersonic weapon system at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Members of the 1st Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF), 5th Battalion, and 3rd Field Artillery Regiment deployed the long-range hypersonic weapon (LRHW) during Thunderbolt Strike in February, with a full rehearsal of expeditionary hypersonic launch capabilities.

“Our soldiers processed real missions, with real data in real time, to produce real effects to learn lessons and generate readiness,” said 1st MDTF commander Brigadier General Bernard Harrington.


“We’re training the way we will fight, and our soldiers are ready to deploy and employ this critical capability forward.”

US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, hypersonic weapon integration project manager, Colonel Ian Humphrey, said the project is building the technical and procedural capacity to integrate the LRHW system’s capabilities into the Defense Department’s Joint Force.

“This unit is fully trained and has proven that they can be deployed away from home station and go right into whatever mission they’re given,” he said.

“Thunderbolt Strike proved the power of interagency cooperation to build the multi-domain force of the future.

“The second half of the Army’s year of long-range precision fires will continue to represent ground-breaking strides toward integrated deterrence in the Pacific.

“Our first battery of long-range hypersonic weapons is training with their ground equipment at JBLM, and by this fall, we will have our first battery of long-range hypersonic weapons, and that element will be part of our 1st Multi-Domain Task Force.”

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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