ramjet

noun
ram·​jet | \ ˈram-ˌjet \

Definition of ramjet 

: a jet engine that consists essentially of a hollow tube without mechanical components and depends on the aircraft's speed of flight to compress the air which is supplied to a burner from which hot gases are discharged rearward

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The Meteor missile that The Economist mentions is actually operational, while Chinese ramjet air-to-air missile development is still experiencing problems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Will China’s Airpower Soon Rival the West?," 16 Feb. 2018 But hypersonic vehicles generally reach their tremendous speeds using supersonic combustion ramjet engines, or scramjets, whichs compress and combust air flowing in at supersonic speeds. Mike Wall, Space.com, "US Air Force Zooms Ahead on 2 New Hypersonic Weapons Plans," 20 Aug. 2018 For this plane, the two engines would share the same air inlets, and the jet engines would operate up to Mach 2 or 3 before the inlets seal off the jet engine and divert air into the ramjets, which can handle faster airflow. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Boeing’s Proposed Hypersonic Plane Is Really, Really Fast," 28 June 2018 In the Saudi-Ukrainian project, the ramjet will accelerate the vehicle between Mach 4 and 6. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Ukraine Is Building a Spaceplane for...Saudi Arabia?," 14 Mar. 2018 The ramjet/scramjet would then carry an aircraft to speeds over Mach 5. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, ""Son of Blackbird": Boeing Reveals Hypersonic Concept That Could Replace SR-71," 12 Jan. 2018 In order to start up, though, ramjets typically need a speed boost from something else—usually a booster rocket. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 Why, for example, does the mothership appear to be some sort of sleek supersonic/hypersonic aircraft with what looks like ramjet engines? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Spaceplane of Its Own," 8 Mar. 2018 The ramjet instead uses the shockwaves created by traveling at such high speeds to squeeze incoming air. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "These planes could jet you around the world at hypersonic speed," 31 Jan. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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