The test was carried out at a military complex on Kodiak Island in southern Alaska.
What is this developing weapons technology? The BBC asked Doug Richardson, missile and rocket editor at Janes magazine, which specializes in defense and geopolitics.
The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, known as AHW (Advanced Hypersonic Weapon), is one of the products that the United States is developing within a defense program known as Conventional Prompt Global Strike.
Under this concept, the US is designing weapons that allow a rapid attack on a target anywhere in the world.