U.S. Military Confirms That Hypersonic Missile Can Carry Nuclear Warhead

 In C4ISR, USA, Land, Defense, Air

American mil­i­tary lead­ers offi­cial­ly con­firmed that rev­o­lu­tion­ary hyper­son­ic mis­sile may be equipped with a nuclear war­head.

In today’s Armed Services hear­ing, Senator King asked US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) head Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy and U.S. Strategic Command forces leader “Can hyper­son­ics be nuclearized?”

Senator King was con­cerned that some of hyper­son­ic research should be going into defense because right now hyper­son­ics are really a night­mare weapon, for an air­craft car­ri­er, for all kinds of tar­gets. He also asked heads of Northcom and Stratcom “can hyper­son­ics be nuclearized? Can a hyper­son­ic mis­sile carry a nuclear war­head?”

The answer was har­row­ing “Absolutely yes,” lead­ing King to respond “So is this really triad 2.0? Because this is dif­fer­ent – it’s not a bal­lis­tic mis­sile it’s not a sub­ma­rine it’s not air­craft or it could be, yes all three of those. Clearly we need to think about hyper­son­ics in terms of the triad, in terms of our strate­gic deter­rence.”

In reply, Admiral stated that: “Senator absolute­ly, I will offer that it is not our policy or intent right now to nuclearize hyper­son­ics. Other nations can choose to do what they wish in that area and yes right this is the com­pe­ti­tion.”

“This has a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties to the intro­duc­tion to the inter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles back in the late fifties and early six­ties and we are ready to address it,” also added Admiral.

Hypersonic weapons move five times faster than the speed of sound and are designed to poten­tial­ly deliv­er a pre­ci­sion-guided airstrike any­where in the world within an hour.

Currently, the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy works on a new weapon system that will be armed with hyper­son­ic mis­siles that can travel well over 3,800 miles per hour. They can reach the top of the Earth’s atmos­phere and remain just beyond the range of air and mis­sile defense sys­tems until they are ready to strike, and by then it’s too late to react. Extremely accu­rate, ultra­fast, maneu­ver­able and sur­viv­able, hyper­son­ics can strike any­where in the world within min­utes. For the bat­tery, the task force and the U.S. Army, they pro­vide a crit­i­cal strate­gic weapon and a pow­er­ful deter­rent against adver­sary capa­bil­i­ties.

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Source: Defence Blog

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