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US space commander says hypersonic missile technology is pushed by China and Russia

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Claims continue to be made that the US is lagging behind China and Russia in hypersonic missile technology.

U.S. Space Commander David Thompson said at the Halifax International Security Forum held in Nova Scotia, Canada on the 20th (local time) that “US hypersonic missile capabilities are not as advanced as China or Russia,” the US political media The Hill reported. did.

Commander Thompson said he was concerned that the United States would be left behind by China and Russia in developing hypersonic missiles, a threat to national security.

“We have to catch up with these countries quickly,” he said. “China has an incredible hypersonic program,” he said. “It’s complicating strategic issues.” said to have been test-fired. China’s hypersonic missile is said to have orbited the Earth at a speed more than five times the speed of sound.
Russia also test-fired a hypersonic missile near the Arctic Ocean on the 18th, Russian media reported. Russia has launched several hypersonic missiles “Cirkon” from frigates and nuclear submarines this year.

Most of the hypersonic weapons the US is developing are not designed to carry nuclear warheads, so they are lagging behind China and Russia, according to a document submitted to the US Congress by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the 19th.

The US test-fired a hypersonic weapon in October but failed, CNN reported.

A US hypersonic missile test took place on October 21 at the Pacific Spaceport complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska, but failed due to a failure of the propulsion rocket needed to accelerate the projectile to hypersonic speed.

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