USA, UK and Australia to develop hypersonic missiles

On April 5, it was revealed that President Joe Biden was preparing to announce that the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia had drawn up a security agreement in response to China’s military expansion. The Financial Times reports that the three countries must work together to develop and develop a hypersonic weapon known as the Awkward Defense Agreement. One of those familiar with the deal said the FT could be notified early Tuesday.

The drive to integrate weapons aims to counter the rise of China’s growing military presence. The Pentagon, FT writes, has stepped up its efforts to develop hypersonic missiles after discovering how far China has come in developing its weapons. The communist country conducted several hundred hypersonic missile tests – in stark contrast to the United States, which completed less than a dozen.

China is not the only American adversary approaching powerful new weapons. Russia’s military says it has twice unleashed hypersonic missiles during its invasion of Ukraine, destroying an arsenal in operation during its one – month offensive.

Designed to be launched from a MiG fighter jet, the missile can fly at 10 times the speed of sound, unlike other missiles that can change trajectory during flight so that it cannot be shot down by air defense systems. It can also be used to supply nuclear weapons.

On March 19, The Russian Defense Ministry said it had carried out an attack Underground missile and ammunition depot The next day, a gas depot near the southern city of Mykolayiv was destroyed in a village along Romania’s border.

Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that Ukraine had used its new Kinsal or “Dakar” hypersonic missile.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti said the use of next-generation weapons was the first attack since Russian troops were sent to Ukraine on February 24.

However, on March 9, the National Guard of Ukraine shared a picture of an unexploded hypersonic missile in the village of Gramadorsk in the Donetsk region. Reports have not verified whether it was a “Dakar” missile.

According to Ukrainian officials, a short-range hypersonic ballistic missile, in a photo released on March 9, is in Gramadorsk, Ukraine.

Meanwhile, a U.S. defense official told CNN that the United States had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March, but was quiet enough not to escalate tensions with Russia. The Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) took off from the West Coast and came just days after Russia claimed to have used its own hypersonic missile weapon in Ukraine. The officer provided some details of the missile test but confirmed it had flown about 65,000 feet and over 300 miles.

This advanced missile, formerly described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “best weapon”, is one of several new weapons he unveiled in his speech to his nation in 2018. Avoid missile defense shields around the world and in the United States.

It is believed that Russia first used a hypersonic weapon in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad during the 2016 civil war, although this has not been confirmed as the correct Kinsale model.

In comparison, the US Tomahawk cruise missile travels at 550 mph, while the Kinzhal travels at 7,672 mph. The French Navy and the Royal Navy of England have been jointly developing their own hypersonic missile since 2011, which is expected to be completed by 2030.

Ukrainian officials have confirmed Russia’s attacks over the weekend, but said the type of missile used has not been confirmed.

In 2018 a Russian Air Force MiG-31K jet will feature a high-precision hypersonic aero-ballistic kinsel missile.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP)

In 2018 a Russian Air Force MiG-31K jet will feature a high-precision hypersonic aero-ballistic kinsel missile. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP)

According to reports, Russia’s use of the ballistic missile is suspected. One report suggested that the absence of secondary explosives in the attack on an ammunition depot in western Ukraine was suspicious. “There is also the uniqueness of not having secondary explosions as one would expect when cooking rocket fuel and ammunition,” the online journal Warzone noted Saturday.

The newspaper also questioned how the Orlan-10 – unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone – was able to fly over the targeted area to film the strike. If Ukraine’s air-defense systems needed a hypersonic missile capable of maneuvering an attack, how could a drone capture a strike and exit safely?

Russian researcher Pavel Felgenhauer said the ground missile in Ukraine would change slightly beyond “giving a specific psychological and propaganda effect”. He added that its use could indicate that the Russian military’s weapons are drying up. Security strategy Researcher Joseph Henrodin Reiterating Felgenhauer’s point, he suggested on Twitter that Russia could go unarmed. Henroddin also said that Putin may have used a nuclear-capable missile in an attempt to boost the stock of war.

On Sunday, the UN Human Rights Office said at least 1,417 civilians had been killed since February 24, including 171 children, but the actual figures are believed to be “significantly higher.”


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