According to the U.S. military news website Breaking Defense, the U.S. Army revealed for the first time that its “long-range hypersonic missile weapon” has a range of more than 2,775 kilometers, meaning that if Taipei is surrounded by the People’s Liberation Army, U.S. Army troops in Guam, 2,500 kilometers from Taiwan, can kill the communists on the spot. directly kill the communist forces.
The LRHW is integrated and manufactured by Lockheed Martin and can provide a powerful deterrent force. A U.S. Army spokesman confirmed that the LRHW has a range of well over 2,775 kilometers, according to the report. In comparison, the U.S. Army’s Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) short-range ballistic missiles are currently equipped to reach a range of only 300 kilometers.
It is said that the U.S. Army has been silent for many years, unwilling to explain the real range of LRHW; now in the U.S. military senior for the coordination of hypersonic plans, only the first time to provide the relevant data.
In the report, it is thought that if China violates Taiwan by force, but U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region refuse to use U.S. territory or airspace, the U.S. Army in Guam can also use LRHW to attack the People’s Liberation Army surrounding Taipei. The report also mentioned that the hypersonic missiles developed by the U.S. Navy also use the same core missiles and boost glide carriers, and if “the Army’s LRHW can reach a range of 2,775 kilometers, the Navy can certainly do the same.
Compared to the Army’s vehicle-based launchers, the Navy’s ship-based launchers and strategic bombers are undoubtedly more mobile and can be launched in international waters and airspace without regard to the attitudes of allies; however, the advantage of land-based launchers is that they cost less and can use terrain to evade opponents’ attacks, which cannot be achieved in the sea and air, while Navy warships can cruise around at sea and are significantly more mobile than Army missiles. The Navy’s warships can cruise around at sea and are significantly more mobile than Army missiles.
According to information previously released by U.S. military giant Lockheed Martin, the LRHW will use a “Common Hypersonic Glide Body” (Common-Hypersonic Glide Body) with a new “super fast” that can be launched from a mobile ground platform. The W-body will be a four-pack vertical launch system (TEL), carried by a modified 40-ton M870 panel truck, with a command vehicle in charge of launch control. The LRHW will provide the U.S. Army with a key strategic weapon and a powerful deterrent capability because the hypersonic weapon can be launched outside the range of enemy air defense and anti-missile systems and strike any target around the globe within minutes and at a speed that is too fast to defend.