WASHINGTON DC, The United States – The US does not have effective protection against the hypersonic weapons from Russia and China, said a report from Office of Government Accountability (OGA).
“China and Russia have focused on hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude and maneuverability make it possible to target most missile defense systems. Weapons can also be used to enhance the capabilities of conventional and far-reaching nuclear weapons,” he said.
“There are no countermeasures,” the report points out.
In his speech to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about new weapons developed in Russia, including those aimed at overcoming US missile defense systems. Thus the president reported on the creation of a new hypersonic weapon – the Avangard system – capable of flying in the dense layers of the atmosphere with intercontinental reach at a speed 20 times faster than the speed of sound.
Meanwhile, according to Admiral Vladimir Korolev, construction of a new fifth-generation nuclear submarine for the Russian Navy has begun.
Korolev announced the project during the opening of the scientific and historical conference dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Russian submarine fleet. The ceremony took place in Severodvinsk.
During those 60 years, scientists, designers and naval builders have taken a unique path, maintaining the best traditions that have today allowed the construction of a fourth-generation nuclear submarine, as well as starting work on creating a fifth generation nuclear submarine, according to the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
The new submarines will be able to deal with complex problems in any part of the ocean. In addition, the ship will have several improvements in line with current military experience.
Russia currently has multifunctional fourth-generation submarines of the 885, 885m projects equipped with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles. In addition, the Russian navy relies on the strategic nuclear submarines of projects 955 and 955A (Borei and Borei II).