United States defense officials revealed some details about the U.S. hypersonic missile, which Donald Trump used to tout as a super-duper new army weapon – part of key effort to catch up Chinese and Russian hypersonic weapons programs. The officials of Pentagon acknowledged some of the abilities of the hypersonic missile for the first time, which Trump defined as traveling seventeen times the speed of sound.
Defense officials have revealed to CNN details about the hypersonic missile US President Trump has long touted as a “super duper” new military weapon — part of a major effort to catch up to Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons programs https://t.co/YUvz6PxCsZ
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A senior defense official told CNN that the president took a special interest in the development and launching of a missile, revealing that the president’s oft-cited seventeen times speedy figure originates from a test of a hypersonic glide body above the Pacific in March, a test that the Pentagon described officially as successful while unveiling less additional information.
The senior defense official said that he refereed to the recent flight test that they performed in March, where they flew seventeen times the speed of sound. However, the U.S. effort still lags some years behind those pf Beijing, and Moscow’s already caught weapons systems, with an American missile improbable to fielded until 2023. Hypersonic missiles usually defined as missiles that travel as a minimum five times the speed of sound. The speed of sound is over 3,800 miles per hour and considered extremely navigable and able to operate at varying altitudes.
Much difficult to defend against the missile
The incredible speed and capability to maneuver in the atmosphere, hypersonic missiles perceived as specifically difficult to defend against using conservative missile defense systems, that designed to counter and interrupt traditional ballistic missile threats. The route of which is much foreseeable than their hypersonic counterparts. A senior United States defense official told CNN that trying to defend against a hypersonic missile, that ambiguity in trajectory, becomes hard to deal with, and defenses become tough because one coupled very high speed with vagueness in-flight trajectory.