U.S. in hypersonic weapon 'arms race' with China -Air Force secretary

By Mike Stone

U.S. in hypersonic weapon 'arms race' with China -Air Force secretary
© Reuters/NORTHROP GRUMMAN FILE PHOTO: The US Navy, in collaboration with the US Army, conducts a static fire test of the first stage of the newly developed 34.5″ common hypersonic missile that will be fielded by both services, in Utah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the most lethal hypersonic weapons, the U.S. Air Force secretary said on Tuesday, as Beijing and Washington build and test more and more of the high-speed next-generation arms.

“There is an arms race, not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during an interview in his Pentagon offices. “It’s an arms race that has been going on for quite some time. The Chinese have been at it very aggressively.”

In October, the top U.S. military officer, General Mark Milley, confirmed a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say appears to show Beijing’s pursuit of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade American missile defenses.

This year the Pentagon has held several hypersonic weapons tests with mixed success. In October, the Navy successfully tested a booster rocket motor that would be used to power a launch vehicle carrying a hypersonic weapon aloft.

Hypersonic weapons travel in the upper atmosphere at speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, or about 6,200 kilometers (3,853 miles) per hour.

Kendall noted that while the U.S. military has focused funds on Iraq and Afghanistan, it has taken its eye off the ball in terms of hypersonic weapons. “This isn’t saying we’ve done nothing, but we haven’t done enough,” he said.

As the Pentagon enters the 2023 annual budget cycle, Kendall hopes to raise funds with the retirement of older and expensive-to-maintain systems in favor of new systems, including hypersonic development programs.

“I love the A-10. The C-130 is a great aircraft that’s been very capable and very effective for a lot of missions. The MQ-9s have been very effective for counterterrorism and so on. They’re still useful, but none of these things scare China,” Kendall said, referring to a more than 40-year-old combat aircraft, a plane for carrying cargo, and widely used drones, respectively.

Defense contractors hope to capitalize on the shift to hypersonic weapons not only by building them, but also by developing new detection and defeat mechanisms.

Arms makers Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp have all touted their hypersonic weapons programs to investors as world focus shifted to the new arms race for an emerging class of weapon.

Still, the Pentagon wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, the head of research and development has said, as the next generation of super-fast missiles being developed currently costs tens of millions per unit.

(Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by Chris Sanders and Leslie Adler)

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Box Office: Hridayam has a strong Tuesday; Crosses 10 crores in Kerala and 20 crores worldwide

© Provided by Pinkvilla Hridayam had another strong day at the box office on Tuesday. The film grossed Rs. 2 crores Approx on its day five in India, with Rs. ... Read more »

Keith Urban takes over some of Adele's dates at Caesars Palace

© IANS Keith Urban takes over some of Adele’s dates at Caesars Palace. Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) Country star Keith Urban has just been booked on some nights in ... Read more »

Sara Ali Khan shares a selfie with Vicky Kaushal as they head for a drive on Republic Day

© Provided by Pinkvilla Sara Ali Khan, who is quite active on social media, has a knack for making headlines with her posts on Instagram. She is often seen sharing ... Read more »

Kareena Kapoor Khan flaunts Taimur's healthy 'tricolour breakfast' on Republic Day; PIC

Republic Day is a special occasion for every Indian and our B-Town celebs too are making it special with their families. Speaking of which, Kareena Kapoor Khan gave fans a ... Read more »

Ältester männlicher Gorilla der Welt gestorben

Ozzie, das älteste Gorillamännchen der Welt, ist im Alter von 61 Jahren gestorben. Er hat aber bereits in den vergangenen Tagen an Appetitlosigkeit und Schwellungen im Gesicht gelitten. © Zoo ... Read more »

Auch dank Moderna-Impfstoff: Lonza wächst im Geschäftsjahr 2021 deutlich

Die «neue» Lonza ist deutlich profitabler ohne das mittlerweile verkaufte Chemiegeschäft. Altlasten drücken aber auf den ausgewiesenen Gewinn für das Geschäftsjahr 2021. © Bereitgestellt von Blick Lonza wächst im Geschäftsjahr ... Read more »

Tennis rival UNLEASHES on Nick Kyrgios calling him an 'absolute knob with the maturity of a 10-year-old' after losing against the Aussie bad body in a VERY controversial Australian Open match

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis through to Australian Open doubles semisBitter opponent lashed out at Kyrgios over his quarter final on-court anticsMichael Venus labelled him 'an absolute knob' with maturity of a 10-year-oldKiwi tennis star told NZ TV station Kyrgios will likely never fulfil his full potential  Read more »

Schneechaos in Griechenland: Tausende Menschen mussten in ihren Autos übernachten

Wegen der starken Schneefälle in ganz Mittelgriechenland haben Tausende Autofahrer die Nacht auf Dienstag in ihren Autos auf Autobahnen verbracht. Auch in der Türkei sorgte heftiger Schneefall für Probleme. © ... Read more »

Bentley's £2.5bn investment in Britain: Luxury car maker reveals plans to convert Crewe plant into a 'dream factory' for building electric models from 2025

Luxury car maker announces 10-year investment in preparation for EV transitionInjection of £2.5bn will turn Crewe plant into an EV-producing 'dream factory'Bentley aims to built its first full EV from 2025 and be carbon neutral from 2030Bosses said the new investment is a vote of confidence in Britain, will be a boost for the UK economy and help retain 4,000 jobs at the UK factory  Read more »

Gladys Berejiklian steps back into the spotlight as she hits the campaign trail - but NOT in the way most Australians would expect

Gladys Berejiklian hits campaign trail for her seat of Willoughby successorFormer NSW premier resigned last year amid shocks corruption allegations She is pushing for Liberal MP Tim James to take over after 19 years in role  Read more »

Tonga: COVID-hit Australian ship delivers disaster aid to virus-free island

© Provided by DW The HMS Adelaide’s entire crew is vaccinated and tested positive before departure, but several has since tested positive An Australian warship docked in Tonga on Wednesday ... Read more »

Kids must move! It's vital for learning – occupational therapist

Playing is learning. If you want your children to develop appropriately, all they need to do when they’re very small is play and move. It should be simple, but with ... Read more »

SIU: DoT flouted process in appointing PPE service provider for taxi sector

© @vm_africa/Twitter Taxis at a Gauteng taxi rank being disinfected as part of measures to protect public transport commuters from contracting COVID-19. JOHANNESBURG – The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation ... Read more »

Greece: Explosion damages buildings in central Athens

© Provided by DW A loud explosion caused serious damage to a multi-story building in the Greek capital Athens on Wednesday morning. The blast happened some 200 meters (656 feet) ... Read more »

Joburg's development planning offices hit by burglaries, MMC smells foul play

© Provided by Times Live Member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for development planning, councillor Belinda Echeozonjoku, has expressed deep shock and disappointment about the burglaries.  She said building development ... Read more »

Soweto school still unfished 20 years since start of construction

© Provided by SowetanLive While the Gauteng department of education struggles to finish a school it began building 20 years ago, more than 500 pupils from Tholimfundo Primary School in ... Read more »

The signs someone else in your home has Omicron without realising

OMICRON is lurking around every corner and has likely infected at least one person you know. But some people may still be unaware of the nasty illness it inflicts, and ... Read more »

POSCO restructuring plan edges closer to realization

POSCO CEO Choi Jeong-woo By Lee Kyung-min Korea’s steel giant POSCO said Wednesday that it is nearing the completion of its corporate restructuring plan, whereby an envisioned holding firm will ... Read more »

Britain's Pets At Home raises full-year profit outlook

© Reuters/Andrew Boyers FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Milton Keynes (Reuters) – Britain’s Pets At Home on Wednesday raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2022, as ... Read more »

CMC Markets says client money in third quarter close to record highs

© Reuters/Dylan Martinez FILE PHOTO: Dealers work at their desks whilst screens show market data at CMC Markets in London (Reuters) – Online trading platform CMC Markets Plc said on ... Read more »

M&G will take a minority stake in digital wealth manager Moneyfarm

© Reuters/DADO RUVIC Illustration shows a smartphone with displayed M&G plc logo LONDON (Reuters) – British money manager M&G said on Wednesday it has taken a minority stake in digital ... Read more »

Let's Learn How To Get Acrylic Paint Out Of Carpet In 7 DIY Steps

© homify / Rose Rigan Step 9: Final result You can now use your carpet again! Do you see, easy-peasy! There are other options you can use when you want ... Read more »

Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in TN wins TX2 Award for doubling tiger population

© Provided by The Print New Delhi: The Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu was Tuesday awarded the prestigious international TX2 Award for doubling its tiger population since 2010. Nepal’s ... Read more »

There's Something Left in Pujara But Rahane Out of my Plans If I Was a Selector: Manjrekar

© Provided by News18 There’s Something Left in Pujara But Rahane Out of my Plans If I Was a Selector: Manjrekar One of the biggest talking points in Indian cricket revolves ... Read more »

The uncapped England players eyeing a PSL launch pad

© Alex Davidson/Getty Images Tom Lammonby latches onto a pull © Alex Davidson/Getty Images The PSL has provided countless young players with opportunities to develop since its inception in 2015 ... Read more »

Newcastle 'are set to miss out Atalanta defender Robin Gosens to Inter Milan'  despite 'offering the Germany star a bigger wage than the Serie A champions'

Newcastle are set to miss out on a move for Atalanta's Robin Gosens, say reportsThe German international impressed at Euro 2020 but has been injured this termGosens would earn around £57,000 a week at Newcastle but prefers Inter MilanInter are reportedly offering just £42,000 a week in a loan with an option to buy  Read more »

Nick Kyrgios is branded an 'absolute k***' with the 'maturity of a 10-year-old' by opponent Michael Venus at the Australian Open after Aussie hit a child with a wayward shot, rowed with the chair umpire and whipped up abusive crowd during doubles win

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis won through to doubles semi-finalsBut the Australian pair's antics didn't go down well with their beaten opponentMichael Venus said Kyrgios was 'an absolute k***' who turned game into 'circus''Special K' pair have specialised in whipping up the partisan Melbourne crowdBut Venus, from New Zealand, said he and his German partner were abusedKyrgios also hit a child in the stomach with an angry shot after losing a point  Read more »

Byron Baes cast 'appear to break COVID rules as they party in Byron Bay' despite restrictions on dancing and singing

Stars of the new series Byron Baes have appeared to break COVID-19 restrictions. According to The Guardian, Jade Kevin Foster, Nathan Favro and Hannah Brauer  partied at Casa Luna in Byron Bay on January ... Read more »

Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 26

Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 26:   Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 93.  ’50’s rock ‘n’ roller Huey (Piano) Smith is 88. Sports announcer-actor Bob Uecker is 88. Actor Scott Glenn is 83. Singer ... Read more »

Woman booked for escaping from Covid ward in Chandigarh

Woman booked for escaping from Covid ward in Chandigarh A 30-year-old woman, admitted to the Covid-19 ward, was booked for escaping from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, ... Read more »

Ant McPartlin's ex Lisa Armstrong looks sun-kissed as she enjoys being in her ‘happy place' with boyfriend James

LISA Armstrong looked happier than ever as she cosied up to her boyfriend James Green for selfie during a sun-soaked breakaway. The make-up artist, who divorced TV host Ant McPartlin ... Read more »

Cannabis compound CBD stops coronavirus in test tube, but can it treat COVID?

© Provided by Interaksyon Early research suggesting that a popular non-psychoactive compound derived from marijuana might help prevent or treat COVID-19 warrants further investigation in rigorous clinical trials, researchers say. ... Read more »

Dozens missing after boat capsizes off Florida

© US COAST GUARD/AFP via Getty Images US-MIGRATION-MARITIME-ACCIDENT Rescue crews searched late into the night on Tuesday for 39 people reported missing in the Atlantic off Florida by a man ... Read more »

Two Senegalese soldiers killed, nine ‘missing' in The Gambia

© Provided by Al Jazeera The Senegalese army says nine of its soldiers serving in a multinational peacekeeping force in The Gambia have gone “missing” and likely taken hostage by ... Read more »

Second policeman dies as a result of shooting in New York's Harlem neighbourhood

A New York City police officer gravely wounded last week in a Harlem shooting that killed his partner has also died of his injuries, the city’s police commissioner said, adding ... Read more »

‘Downing Street a crime scene'

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages The Sun said that 10 Downing Street is now a “crime scene” as it covered news that the Metropolitan Police ... Read more »

Avenatti trial - live: Stormy Daniels to be cross-examined by former lawyer as he ditches his own legal team

© AP PRI219445088.jpeg LIVE – Updated at 07:14 Michael Avenatti has been granted permission to represent himself at his own trial in Manhattan, setting the stage for him to directly ... Read more »

Human Rights Watch staff targeted using Israeli NSO spyware

© (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) Human Rights Watch logo Lama Fakih, the US-Lebanese Director of Crisis and Conflict and head of the Beirut office at Human Rights Watch, was targeted ... Read more »

German lawmakers to debate possible COVID vaccine mandate

The Associated PressGerman Chancellor Olaf Scholz presents a poster of a new vaccination campaign during a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 24, ... Read more »

AP PHOTOS: Beast-like 'Carantoñas' return to Spanish town

The Associated PressMen dressed as wild animals or “Carantonas” walk towards the church during “Las Carantonas” festival in Acehuche, southeast Spain, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. With roots in pagan traditions ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic