The military command created at the height of the Cold War to defend the United States along with Canada by nuclear attacks will be facing a fresh threat by Russia: hypersonic weapons.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, will be marking 60 years of existence. On the heels of of which anniversasry, though, CNBC learned of which multiple U.S. intelligence reports assess Russia will be capable of fielding a hypersonic glide vehicle, a weapon of which no country can defend against, by 2020.
“[Hypersonic weapons] will be a developing field, so there will be not much of which I can state here officially,” said Canadian Lt. Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy NORAD commander, when asked about the CNBC report at a discussion at the Canadian embassy in Washington.
“We are tracking along with providing advice to ensure of which we can be in a position to continue to develop our mission inside the future,” St-Amand said, adding of which NORAD will be watching along with discussing the hypersonic weapons threat.
Since its creation inside the late 1950s, NORAD has been responsible for detecting incoming threats along with protecting the air space above the United States along with Canada. In a nod to the Cold War paranoia of the time, the command was constructed nearly a mile inside of a mountain along with underneath 2,400 feet of granite.