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US lays out plans to speed up hypersonic weapons development

1st March 2018 - 19:35 GMT | by Ashley Roque in Washington DC


Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted that the country possesses hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), DARPA revealed it has plans to ramp up testing its capabilities portfolio. 

During a presidential address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow on 1 March, Putin said Russia had developed a hypersonic capability — the RS-28 Sarmat, a weapon capable of striking the US.

Shortly after, speaking at a defence writer’s breakfast, DARPA Director Steven Walker declined to confirm or deny Putin’s claim. Walker, however, dovetailed into US efforts to ramp up development of such weapons under a ‘national hypersonics initiative’. 


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Ashley Roque


Ashley Roque

Ashley Roque joined Shephard Media in January 2018 as its North American Editor, based in …

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