US Congress Pushes Pentagon to Counter China’s Hypersonic MissilesPosted: February 25, 2017
In its report “Pentagon studies ways to counter hypersonic missile threat from China, Russia”, Washington Times says that the US lags behind China and Russia in developing hypersonic missiles as they, especially China, have been busy testing hypersonic glide vehicles and maneuvering ballistic missile warheads.
No existing US missile defense systems can intercept hypersonic maneuvering ballistic missiles. As a result, even US homeland may be attacked by such weapons.
The report says, “Congress has been pushing the Pentagon to deal with the threat. The most recent defense authorization bill signed into law in December requires the Pentagon to create a dedicated office for emerging hypersonic missile threats.”
China has now caught up with the US in weapon development and surpassed the US in certain key areas such as hypersonic weapons that are regarded as major weapons in the future.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Washington Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/22/china-russia-hypersonic-missile-threat-under-revie/