- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The U.S. Army’s experimental Advanced Hypersonic Weapon had to be “terminated” during testing at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, the Defense Department confirmed Monday.

Several buildings were damaged during the explosion.

“It affected the launch tower, the payload processing facility, and the integrated processing facility,” Craig Campbell, president and CEO of Alaska Aerospace Corp., told the Alaska Dispatch News, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. “These are all significant buildings — they’re what we use to launch a rocket.”


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Mr. Campbell’s analysis of the damage conflicted with another corporation official who spoke with the U.K. Daily Mirror, AP reported.

“There isn’t a whole lot of damage to anything,” chief operating officer Mark Greby told the newspaper from the site. “I’ve seen worse-looking after a hurricane.”

The rocket, which was destroyed for safety reasons, carried a glider designed to fly at thousands of miles per hour.

Once the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon has completed its testing it will be able to reach targets anywhere in the world in less than an hour.

A military safety team from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been tasked with cleaning up debris from the explosion, AP reported.