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Pentagon: Development of hypersonic weapons is progressing well


A senior U.S. Defense Department official said the U.S. military is continuing to advance hypersonic weapons development as planned, with the goal of testing and building hypersonic weapons for air, ground and sea launch around 2025 or earlier.

In addition to offensive hypersonic weapons, the Defense Department is also actively developing weapons that can defend against potential threats such as China and Russia, Mike White, director of the Department of Defense's hypersonic weapons development division, said last week at a discussion hosted by a Washington think tank. Attacks by adversary hypersonic weapons, including interception of enemy weapons during launch, glide, and final stages.

In October last year, then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the U.S. military is accelerating the development of hypersonic weapons in an effort to put this cutting-edge military technology in place by 2023. He said in February that the Pentagon was making important progress in its efforts to implement the National Defense Strategy, including the possibility of deploying hypersonic weapons several years earlier.

The Pentagon's defense budget for fiscal 2022, just reported to Congress, includes $6.6 billion for the development and deployment of long-range strike capabilities such as hypersonic weapons.

The $715 billion total budget requested by the Department of Defense includes $112 billion for military technology development, testing and evaluation. Deputy Minister Kathleen Hicks said on Tuesday (June 8, 2021) that this is the largest annual budget request for the program by the Ministry of Defence in history.

Defense Secretary Austin has repeatedly said that responding to China's looming security challenge (pacing threat) is the Defense Department's top priority.

Dr. Colin Kahl, the Pentagon's undersecretary for defense policy, said last month that China is the only country capable of systematically challenging the United States economically, technologically, politically and militarily, but that does not mean There will inevitably be a conflict between the United States and China, "but it does mean that our relationship with Beijing will be more competitive and sometimes adversarial."