The U.S. is actively upgrading its arsenal of weapons and, in particular, will receive the fastest and most accurate hypersonic missiles, said President Donald Trump on Saturday.
“We are building missiles, including a hypersonic missile that will be 17 times faster than the fastest missiles currently available in the world. It can hit a target a thousand miles away, with no more than 14 inches from the center point (of the target),” he said on Saturday, speaking to the 2020 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point.
Trump did not specify whether a thousand miles is the missile’s maximum range or whether he called that figure only as an example. It can hit a target a thousand miles away, with no more than 14 inches from the center point (of the target),” he said on Saturday, speaking to the 2020 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point.
Trump did not specify whether 1,600km is the missile’s maximum range or whether he called that figure only as an example. He also did not say when such new missiles, in his opinion, could be put into service.
This is not the first time that the U.S. president says the U.S. will have the fastest missiles in the world. For example, in February 2020, he said that the U.S. military has missiles that can reach their targets many times faster than “conventional” missiles.
“We have super-fast missiles, and we have a lot of them. That’s what we call them – super-fast missiles. They are four, five, six, and even seven times faster than conventional missiles,” he said in Washington, D.C., addressing U.S. state governors. Trump explained that the U.S. needs such missiles, “because Russia has something like this.
In May, Trump also announced the development of a “super-duper” rocket, which will fly 17 times faster than the existing ones. Meanwhile, the U.S. media suggested that the president is exaggerating the speed of the new missiles.
In early February this year, it became known that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump proposes to spend $3.2 billion in 2021 to continue the development of hypersonic missiles.
In the second half of March, the Pentagon announced a successful test of a missile in Hawaii, capable of moving at several times the speed of sound.