Russia again successfully tests ship-based hypersonic missile — which will likely be ready for combat by 2022
UPDATED THU, DEC 20 2018 • 3:47 PM EST
- Russia has successfully tested a ship-based hypersonic missile the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to people with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports.
- The weapon is expected to join Moscow’s arsenal by 2022.
- The latest development gives the U.S. even more ground to make up as Russia and China bolster their arsenals with hypersonic weapons at a breakneck pace.
The U.S. intelligence report, according to one source, noted that production of the missile is slated to begin in 2021 and it will join the Kremlin’s arsenal no earlier than 2022.
The revelations about the ship-based missile come a little more than nine months after Russian President Vladimir Putin touted his nation’s growing hypersonic arsenal as “invincible.” Moscow’s sprint to field this new breed of weapon has sparked fears over a budding arms race.
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