Russia and China are 'aggressively developing' hypersonic weapons — here's what they are and why the US can't defend against them | Rising S Company

Russia and China are ‘aggressively developing’ hypersonic weapons — here’s what they are and why the US can’t defend against them

Hypersonic weapons: here’s what they are and why the US can’t stop them

For reference, commercial airliners fly subsonically, just below Mach 1 whereas modern fighter jets can travel supersonically at Mach 2 or Mach 3. What are some technical requirements needed for hypersonic weapons? “Once you reach Mach 5 you can’t use your traditional jets and just make them go faster,” Carrie Lee, a Rand Stanton Nuclear Fellow, explained.

 

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