After years of silence, a U.S. Army spokesman finally revealed that the Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapons (LRHW) have a range of more than 2,775 kilometers; and that number could be comparable to the U.S. Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS), according to Breaking Defense 12. This figure may be comparable to the range of the U.S. Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS). Breaking Defense analyzes that this number means that the U.S. Army in Guam would be able to bomb the Communist forces if Taipei were surrounded by them.
Photo: The long-range polar sonic weapon has a range of “greater than 2,775 kilometers” (1,725 miles) and can hit Taiwan from Guam.
A U.S. Army spokesman confirmed that the LRHW has a range of well over 2,775 kilometers and that such a distance makes anything possible, the report noted. The Army has been silent for years, unwilling to explain the true range of LRHW; now in the U.S. military services for the top of the coordination of plans for the speed of extreme sound, the Army for the first time loose mouth to explain the LRHW information.
In the report, it is thought that if the mainland force to commit Taiwan, but the United States in the Asia-Pacific allies refused the United States to use the territory or airspace, the U.S. Army in Guam at this time can also use LRHW to attack the communist forces surrounding Taipei. However, the real world is that Washington’s allies allow U.S. missile units to use their territory, while artillery companies located in Japan and South Korea are able to strike targets up to 1,000 miles inside Chinese (Communist) territory. Even the U.S. Navy’s CPS, as it is called, can launch missiles from submarines or warships in the Pacific to support Taiwan’s military.
The Department of Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense currently have more than 70 programs to develop and procure extreme sonic weapons. The U.S. Congressional Audit Service (Government Accountability Office) called on the Pentagon to coordinate the development and procurement of polar sonic weapons and clarify the division of roles and responsibilities to avoid duplication of projects and wasteful costs or technical errors.
The report further analyzes that although the Army’s draft statement seems to only explain the land-based version of the LRHW range; but the Navy’s sea-launched CPS weapons use very similar rocket instantaneous propulsion and polar sonic glide body, so it is unlikely that there is a range difference between the two. In other words, if the Army’s LRHW range can reach 2,775 km, the Navy’s version will certainly work.
On the other hand, the U.S. Air Force is developing a number of very fast weapons that can be launched from warplanes, and this requires different engineering approaches and produces different ranges.
As explained in the report, compared to the Army’s vehicle-based launchers, the Navy’s ship-launched and strategic bombers are undoubtedly more mobile and can be launched in international waters and airspace without regard to allied attitudes; however, the advantage of land-based launchers is that they cost less and can use terrain to avoid adversary attacks, which cannot be achieved at sea or in the air. For this reason, proponents of the Army LRHW believe that missiles can play an important supporting role in making up for the lack of naval and air force weapons.