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Hypersonic-Missile Failures Risk U.S. Chase of China, Russia

  • U.S. adversaries have pulled ahead on hard-to-destroy weapons
  • Test failures require ‘aggressive’ push to meet September goal
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U.S. efforts to catch up with China and Russia in developing hypersonic weapons may be set back after Lockheed Martin Corp.’s air-launched missile suffered three consecutive test failures that left it on a tight schedule.

That’s put in doubt the Pentagon’s goal to declare it America’s first combat-ready hypersonic weapon and approve initial production by Sept. 30.