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New arms race speeds up as US tests hypersonic weapon

According to the US Air Force, a hypersonic weapon was successfully tested by the US.

It was carried out in the Pacific Ocean off southern California’s coast. However, it was confirmed on Tuesday morning.

According to the US Air Force, the ARRW (air-launched rapid reaction weapon) was launched by a B52 bomber.

They added that “Following separation of the aircraft, ARRW’s booster ignited, and burned for the expected duration, achieving hypersonic speed five times greater than sound.”


This comes only weeks after Australia , the United States and Britain had agreed to collaborate on hypersonic weapons .

The Australia-UK–US (or AUKUS) deal was announced last September. It initially focused on nuclear submarine development for the Pacific, at a time when growing concerns over China.

However, the focus has shifted to new areas of cooperation since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine.

More information from the USA

Russia declared that it had launched its “Kinzhal”, hypersonic missile in Ukraine. This weapon can fly at 10 times speed and cannot be tracked or intercepted by any defense system.

According to a Russian defense ministry official, the weapon destroyed an underground storage facility that contained missiles and ammunition for aircraft in the west of Ukraine.

“Apocalyptic War between the Superpowers”

Sky News was told by Professor Michael Clarke, a defence analyst, that the weapon was designed “for the possibility of an apocalyptic conflict between the superpowers”.

He said, “You cannot defend against it.” It is impossible to see. It’s not possible to prepare for it.

Although the US claims that China has tested hypersonic weapons as well, China’s foreign minister has denied this.

North Korea claimed that it had tested a hypersonic weapon during January.

A committee of MPs warned earlier this month that the UK armed forces might not have the “modern battle-winning capability” to meet the demands of future warfare.

According to the commons public accounts committee, the Russian invasion in Ukraine was an example of the “risks” and “responsibilities” that come with NATO membership.

It expressed dismay at the Ministry of Defence’s “complacency” over its equipment plan affordability, despite a PS16.5bn budget hike in the four years up to 2024-25.


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