“Invincible”? Nothing is invincible. The US secrecy machine and probably China’s too, have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to deal with these Hypersonic toys (which aren’t ready yet, take note). I reckon this is another fearmongering exercise. I’m sure Uncensored readers are smart enough to see the big picture. “US Intelligence”=disinformation!
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During a state-of-the-nation address in March, Putin boasted about an arsenal of hypersonic nuclear weapons that he described as “invincible.”
Putin claimed Avangard was capable of reaching targets at a speed of 20 times the speed of sound and strikes “like a fireball.”
He also said that the hypersonic warhead had already entered serial production.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development,” Putin said, citing other nations’ actions as a key factor in supercharging Russia’s arsenal.
“You have failed to contain Russia,” Putin added, saying that the new capabilities were “not a bluff.”
In an effort to back his bellicose rhetoric, Putin spoke in front of a projection showing video clips of the weapons as well as a simulated strike on the U.S. homeland.
The U.S. is concerned about Russian hypersonics
America’s top nuclear commander told lawmakers in March that U.S. forces are unable to shield against a hypersonic weapon.
“We don’t have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities,” he added noting that the U.S. has “watched them test those capabilities.”
Hyten, who has previously called Russia the “most significant threat” to the U.S., emphasized the need for the U.S. to add another type of nuclear weapon to its arsenal.
“I strongly agree with the need for a low-yield nuclear weapon,” he said of the Pentagon’s request for a low-yield warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
While the Defense Department’s latest budget request of $686 billion emphasizes a plan to offset emerging threats from Russia and China, it is clear that the U.S. lacks sufficient means to combat hypersonics.
President Donald Trump touted the defense-friendly spending bill as a “matter of national security” and highlighted not only big-ticket defense procurements but also the significant increase in missile defense funding.
However, even the $11.5 billion allocated for the Missile Defense Agency, the largest amount ever, may not be enough to fully modernize U.S. missile defense systems.
Karako said the funding is a step in the right direction but emphasized that the U.S. must field systems in space and integrate them with land- and sea-based platforms in order to counter the full spectrum of missile threats.
“The thing that is missing from the FY18 omnibus and the FY19 request is space sensors,” Karako said in a prior interview with CNBC. “So tick tock, people, time is running out. The time for studies is over. Where is the plan to actually field some space sensors?”
Karako added that the missile-rich threat environment is getting more powerful and it will hold U.S. forces at risk.