Yuri Gripas | Reuters
U.S. Air Force General John Hyten, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
America’s top nuclear commander described a grim scenario for U.S. forces facing off against a brand new breed of high-speed weapons which Russia in addition to also China are developing.
“We don’t have any defense which could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. which means which, as of at which point, the U.S. has to rely on deterrence against these so-called hypersonic weapons, he said.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., then asked the general to explain what a hypersonic weapon is actually in addition to also what which does.
“A hypersonic threat is actually a system which starts out ballistic, so you’ll see which like a ballistic missile, although then which depresses the trajectory in addition to also flies more like a cruise missile or airplane,” Hyten said. “which goes up into the lower reaches of space in addition to also turns immediately back down in addition to also then levels out.”
At which point, Hyten said, the weapon will fly at very high speed, which is actually where the term hypersonic comes coming from.
“Both Russia in addition to also China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities,” Hyten told Inhofe. “We’ve watched them test those capabilities.”
While the Defense Department’s latest budget request of $686 billion emphasizes a plan to offset emerging threats coming from Russia in addition to also China, which is actually clear which the U.S. lacks the means to combat hypersonics.