The United States, Britain and Australia will develop hypersonic missiles

On April 5, it became known that President Joe Biden was preparing to announce that the United States, Britain and Australia had established a security pact in response to China’s military expansion. The three countries must cooperate in the creation and development of hypersonic weapons under the so-called Aucus Security Pact, according to the Financial Times. One person familiar with the pact told the FT that the announcement could be made as early as Tuesday.

The desire to jointly develop weapons is designed to counter China’s growing military presence. The Pentagon, writes the FT, has stepped up its efforts to develop hypersonic missiles after discovering how advanced China has become in developing its weapons. The communist country conducted several hundred hypersonic missile tests, in stark contrast to the United States, which completed just under a dozen.

China is not the only U.S. adversary that has access to new powerful weapons. The Russian military claims to have fired hypersonic missiles twice during its invasion of Ukraine, apparently destroying weapons in the process during the lunar offensive.

A missile designed to launch from a MiG fighter can fly at 10 times the speed of sound and, unlike other missiles, can change course during the flight, making it impossible to shoot it down by air defense systems. It can also be used to deliver nuclear weapons.

March 19 Russia’s Defense Ministry has said it has struck underground warehouse of missiles and ammunition in a village bordering Romania, and the next day she destroyed a fuel depot near the southern city of Nikolaev.

Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Kanashenkov said that the latest hypersonic missile “Dagger” or “Dagger” in Ukraine was used in the attack.

Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti said the attacks were the first use of next-generation weapons since Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24.

However, on March 9, the National Guard of Ukraine published a picture of an unexploded hypersonic missile in the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. Reports do not confirm whether it was a “dagger” missile.

Hypersonic short-range ballistic missile, according to Ukrainian authorities, in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, in a photo published March 9. (Press Service of the National Guard of Ukraine / Handout via Reuters)

A U.S. defense spokesman, meanwhile, told CNN that the United States had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March, but remained silent to keep tensions with Russia from escalating. The concept of hypersonic air-breathing weapons (HAWC) was launched from the West Coast and emerged just days after Russia said it had used its own hypersonic missile weapons in Ukraine. The official offered several details of the missile’s tests, but confirmed that it had flown about 65,000 feet and more than 300 miles.

The advanced missile, which Russian President Vladimir Putin previously called the “perfect weapon,” was one of several new weapons he introduced in his 2018 State of the Nation address. During this speech, Putin boasted that missiles could hit almost anywhere. around the world and dodge the United States missile shield.

It is believed that Russia first used hypersonic weapons in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during the 2016 civil war, although it has not been confirmed whether this was the Dagger model.

For comparison, while the American Tomahawk cruise missile can be deployed at 550 miles per hour, the Dagger can be deployed at 7,672 miles per hour. The French Navy and the Royal Navy have been jointly developing their own hypersonic rocket since 2011, which is expected to be completed in 2030.

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

The MiG-31K aircraft of the Russian Air Force in 2018 carries a high-precision hypersonic aeroballistic missile

The MiG-31K aircraft of the Russian Air Force in 2018 carries a high-precision hypersonic aeroballistic missile “Dagger”. (Alexander Zemlyanichenko / AP)

According to reports, there were doubts about Russia’s use of a ballistic missile. One report suggested that the lack of secondary explosions as a result of an attack on an ammunition depot in western Ukraine was suspicious. “There is also a clear lack of secondary explosions, as one would expect when rocket fuel and explosives are being prepared,” The War Zone online magazine said on Saturday.

The magazine also questioned how the Arlan-10, an unmanned aerial vehicle widely known as a drone, was able to fly over the target area to shoot. If because of the Ukrainian air defense systems for the attack needed a maneuverable hypersonic missile, then how did the drone manage to take off the blow and safely leave?

Russian analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said that the rocket will change little in Ukraine, except that “will give a certain psychological and propaganda effect.” He added that its use may indicate that the weapons of the Russian military are drying up. Defense strategy researcher Joseph Henrotin Repeated Felgenhauer’s point, he suggested on Twitter that Russia could run out of weapons. Henrotin also claimed that Putin could use a missile with nuclear capabilities to raise rates in the war.

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

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