The United States is falling behind in the race to develop hypersonic weapons, experts have warned.
In the last month alone, both China and Russia claimed they’ve test fired high-speed missiles that could destroy targets hundreds of miles away.
And according to a new study from the Air Force, the ‘relatively leisurely pace’ of US hypersonic developments leaves the country vulnerable to such attacks.
Hypersonic missiles move at more than five times the speed of sound and can evade detection and defensive tactics with frequent manoeuvres and by travelling along the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.
In the new report, produced by experts for the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science, the committee concluded that the US may face a threat from this ‘new class of weapons,’ according to the the Washington Free Beacon
‘The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed manoeuvring weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward-deployed US forces and even the continental United States itself,’ an executive summary of the report explains.
‘These weapons appear to operate in regimes of speed and altitude, with maneuverability that could frustrate existing missile defense constructs and weapon capabilities.’
TC, Southampton, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
It doesn't matter who's got what, once one releases a nuclear rocket everyone will set there's off, and it does not matter what,Russia,Japan,China, America etc says to there people ie what they should do in case of a nuclear attack. No one will survive, The shock to the world will knock it off its axis. we need people power to tell the few hundred thousand that control us ( the millions and millions ) would like to live a long and natural life and them not to decide when were going to die.
poshseb, London, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Britain is also developing one but not reported for some reason.
Move Along Cat Dong, Londonium, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Time to mothball the aging F-22 fleet? 301157
Julian and Sandy, Dagenham, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Oh good, if it comes to War, we can all die quicker
A. Wright-Burke, London Bridge, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Don't be fooled. The 'China and Russia' threat is being faked by US defence companies in a desperate effort to get their government to fund the usual buying spree.
ZIDZNOT, Telford, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
The west does not advertise it's capabilities......trust me it's highly advanced.
Ed-SoCal, Irvine, 1 day ago
That's what they said 50 years ago, USA is falling behind USSR...next
Kissfan07, Adams, United States, 1 day ago
Maybe we could stack them up to block the missiles.
no one, somewhere knowwhere, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
JC ,it dosn`t matter if it works or not , they point is they are getting the tax Dollars to build more worthless fighters.