A Space Force general said US hypersonic missile capabilities are 'not as advanced' China and Russia's

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Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapons Concept (HAWC) missile in seen in an artist's conception. Raytheon Missiles & Defense/Reuters
  • The US has to catch up on Russia and China's hypersonic missile technology, a Space Force general said.
  • Gen. David Thompson said the US has some "catching up" to do.
  • "We're not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians in terms of hypersonic programs," he said.

A Space Force general said the US's hypersonic missile capabilities are "not as advanced" as Russia and China have.

Gen. David Thompson, the vice chief of space operations, said on Saturday: "We're not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians in terms of hypersonic programs," Politico reported.

He was speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada.

He said the US has "catching up to do very quickly," Politico reported.

He also told Politico that the US is working to "figure out the type of satellite constellation that we need" to track missiles coming from Russia and China.

"It's a new challenge, but it's not that we don't have an answer to this challenge," he said. "We just have to understand it, fully design it, and fly it."

Both Russia and China have recently been testing hypersonic missiles.

Russia's defense ministry announced last month that it successfully launched its new type of hypersonic missile for the first time.

China reportedly tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that orbited the earth, though China said it was just trialing a space vehicle.

As Insider's Ryan Pickrell reported, the US Navy is currently working on its own type of hypersonic missile.

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Ever since we dropped nuclear bombs near the end of WW2, it was clear that keeping the genie in the bottle wasn't going to happen. As the world's civilizations rush to take advantage of this new technology, hopefully we all stop to think about how fast we could go into Hypersonic Extinction.

Arthur Breaux

How is it that these "Generals" are not being held to account for revealing information about force capabilities? An enlisted person would be whisked away for a "pass in review" at Courts Martial proceedings, to disappear for decades if they committed this.

Zach Jarvi

chinas can supposedly Orbit Earth in 2minutes, that is ridiculously fast. on top of that it can also be controlled like a predator missile from Call of Duty. Id be less concerned with getting up to speed on that and more concerned about how to stop such possible missles coming in, i know We have great air defense but are we capable of stopping missles at those speeds?


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