The US and China are in a new ‘arms race’ to develop the most ‘lethal’ hypersonic missiles: Air Force Secretary admits falling behind Beijing and hopes to divert funding reserved from Afghanistan and Iraq to new orbital arsenal

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  • The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the deadliest hypersonic weapon, the US Air Force secretary said on Tuesday.
  • “There is an arms race, not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters.
  • In October, the top US military official, General Mark Milley, confirmed a Chinese hypersonic weapons test
  • This year the Pentagon has conducted several hypersonic weapons tests with mixed success
  • In October, the Navy successfully tested a booster rocket motor that would be used to propel a launch vehicle carrying a hypersonic weapon.
  • Hypersonic weapons travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere, or about 3,853 mph.

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The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the deadliest hypersonic weapon, the US Air Force secretary said on Tuesday, as Beijing and Washington build and test more and more high-speed next-generation weapons. Huh.

“There is an arms race not necessarily for increased numbers, but for increased quality,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told Reuters during an interview at his Pentagon offices. ‘It’s an arms race that’s been going on for a long time. The Chinese have been very aggressive on this.

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In October, the top US military official, General Mark Milley, confirmed a Chinese hypersonic weapons test that military experts say illustrates Beijing’s discovery of an Earth-orbiting system designed to evade US missile defense.

And on Monday, Space Force Lieutenant General Chance Saltzman said that China’s new hypersonic weapon system could be able to stay in space for a long time, by drive,

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‘It’s a markedly different system, because a partial orbit is different from a suborbital one,’ Saltzman said. ‘A fractional orbit means it can remain in orbit for as long as the user determines and then it removes it from orbit as part of the flight path.’

The United States and China are engaged in an arms race to develop the deadliest hypersonic weapon, US Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall (left) told Reuters on Tuesday.

A hypersonic glide vehicle is seen during a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 2019

A hypersonic glide vehicle is seen during a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2019

This year the Pentagon has conducted several hypersonic weapons tests with mixed success.

In October, the Navy successfully tested a booster rocket motor that would be used to propel a launch vehicle carrying a hypersonic weapon.

Hypersonic weapons travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere, or about 3,853 mph.

Kendall noted that the US military has focused funding on Iraq and Afghanistan, but has taken its eyes off the ball on hypersonic weapons.

“It’s not saying we haven’t done anything, but we haven’t done enough,” he said.

As the Pentagon enters the 2023 annual budget cycle, Kendall expects to raise money with the retirement of older and expensive-to-maintain systems in favor of new systems, including hypersonic development programs.

‘I love the A-10. The C-130 is a great aircraft that has been very capable and very effective for a lot of missions. MQ-9 has been very effective for counter-terrorism etc. They’re still useful, but none of that scares China,’ Kendall said, referring to the more than 40-year-old fighter plane, an aircraft for carrying cargo, and the widely used drone, respectively. said.

Defense contractors hope to capitalize on the change in hypersonic weapons by not only manufacturing them, but also by developing new search and defeat mechanisms.

Weapons makers Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Technologies Corp. have all told investors their hypersonic weapons programs as the world’s attention shifted to a new arms race for an emerging class of weapons.

Still, the Pentagon wants defense contractors to cut the ultimate cost of hypersonic weapons, the head of research and development has said, as the next generation of super-fast missiles are being developed, currently costing millions per unit. .

Russia and China are attacking US satellites ‘every single day’ with lasers, radio jammers and cyber attacks in a shadow space war, claims Space Force commander

American satellites too far from Earth orbit face threats from Russian and Chinese technology almost constantly, and it’s only going to get worse, a top Space Force official is warning.

The arms race in space between the US, Russia and China has been heating up in recent years, even as officials in Washington warn such construction is dangerous.

‘The dangers are really increasing and increasing every day. And it’s really an evolution of activity that’s been happening for a long time,’ said General David Thompson Washington Post In an excerpt published on Tuesday.

Thompson is the US Space Force’s first deputy chief of space operations, having previously served in the Air Force for more than three decades.

“We are really now at a point where there are a number of ways that our space system could be threatened,” he warned.

Thompson said some of the routine attacks on the US include the use of lasers, radio frequency jamming and other cyber attacks.

He also revealed that a 2019 weapons test by a Russian satellite came so close to a US satellite that the military feared an imminent attack.

The general assured that when it comes to outer space technology, ‘we are still the best in the world, clearly in terms of capability.’

Although he said China is “moving quickly,” he added: “We should be worried by the end of this decade if we don’t adapt.”

Thompson said China is sending out new satellites twice as fast as the US is managing, and the budding superpower is working on a system of global satellites that aims to survey any part of the world.

“They are fielding the operating system at an unbelievable rate,” he said.

The debris field created by the Russian anti-satellite test against Kosmos 1408 in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) causes alarm for the ISS crew, satellite operators and cosmonaut nations.

The debris field created by the Russian anti-satellite test against Kosmos 1408 in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) causes alarm for the ISS crew, satellite operators and cosmonaut nations.

On Monday, November 15, Russia blew up one of its own satellites using a missile.  Cosmos 1408, a passive spy satellite launched in 1982, was the target destroyed, resulting in an area of ​​1,500 pieces threatening the crew of the ISS.

On Monday, November 15, Russia blew up one of its own satellites using a missile. Cosmos 1408, a passive spy satellite launched in 1982, was the target destroyed, resulting in an area of ​​1,500 pieces threatening the crew of the ISS.

China has reportedly been working on a satellite for years that can strike any other object in space with a robotic arm or melee hook.

In theory, it could also intercept or disable US satellites that reveal information about China’s nuclear operations and the existence of Uighur Muslim concentration camps.

Thompson claimed, ‘the Chinese are actually far ahead of their Russian counterparts’.

Earlier this month Russia conducted an anti-satellite weapon test that worried the global scientific community.

Russia’s Anti-Satellite, or ASAT, launched on November 15, and purposefully shattered the country’s 4,410-pound Kosmos 1408 satellite, launched in 1982, after it was no longer operational.

According to experts, space debris from last week’s collision over the Atlantic Ocean – consisting of ‘about 1,500 pieces of trackable size’ – will wreak havoc for the spacecraft for years if not decades.

Because of the impact, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), orbiting 260 miles from Earth, were asked to shelter for two hours to allow debris to pass.

A space firm has slammed Russia for endangering the crew of the ISS, calling it an ‘irresponsible act that harms all spaceflight nations’.

Thompson recalled a specific example when Russia came dangerously close to attacking the United States in space.

In 2019, a small Russian satellite was deployed so close to a ‘national security satellite’ belonging to the US that the government was unsure whether it was an attack.

‘It was manoeuvre close, it maneuvered dangerously, it was maneuvering dangerously so they could get close enough that there was a collision concern,’ Thompson explained.

But the situation worsened when the Russian satellite retreated, leaving a small target and then shot it down in a weapons test.

Thompson claimed, ‘Obviously, the Russians were sending us a message.

The Space Force general would not say whether Russia or China caused any permanent or significant damage to American equipment in space, explaining that such an attack would be classified.

But just today, NASA was forced to suspend a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) today after receiving a ‘debris notice’ to the orbital outpost.

Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barone were set to venture outside the sprawling orbiting laboratory at 7:10 a.m. for six-and-a-half hours to replace a faulty radio communications antenna.

The space agency tweeted, ‘NASA has received information about debris for space station.’

‘Due to the lack of opportunity to properly assess the risk to astronauts, the teams have decided to delay the spacewalk to November 30 until more information is available.’

It is not clear whether the debris stems from an incident two weeks ago, when Russia blew up one of its own dormant satellites.

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