The US Air Force has warned that a much-anticipated test of its new air-launched hypersonic missile could kill four snails and 90 clams.

The Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) test can finally take place next month after a previous failed attempt, General Timothy M. Ray, head of Global Strike Command, said in early June.

And those paying the price will not only be the American taxpayers, but also the marine life of the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, where the test projectile is going to conclude its flight.

US Air Force Hypersonic Missile Test Environmental Assessment 

The atoll is home to many rare species, but an environmental assessment that was recently released by the US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base insisted that the test won’t cause irreversible damage to them.

“Up to four top shell snails may be killed by the proposed action, and up to 90 clams,” the documents said, adding that the impact could occur on both land and in water.

Other species would likely be affected more harshly. The report warned that 108 humphead wrasses, which are an endangered fish species, “could be injured or killed.”

US Air Force: 4 Snails & 90 Clams, Humphead Wrasse Could Be Killed
Humphead Wrasse

The ARRW firing could lead to thecomplete mortality of more than 10,000 coral colonies at the Kwajalein Atoll, the documents said.

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  1. Can we send some Dem pols instead of the clams and snails? They are far less useful than any sea life.


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