U.S. is close to developing a hypersonic bomber able to reach any target on the globe in under an hour.

The military hopes to fly such planes capable of moving at 20 times the speed of sound by 2016, the NBC News reported quoting American officials working on the project. The vehicle would be “recoverable”, said U.S. officials working on developing the full-scale rocket plane.

The hypersonic bomber codenamed the X-Plane will travel at Mach 20 (roughly 20,900 kmph) and the project is being carried out by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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