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Western arms companies are trying to find a defense against Russian and Chinese hypersonic missiles. Hypersonic missiles could offer a decisive military advantage to China and Russia. Andy Thomis, head of defense company Cohort, said his company is working on a project to defeat the guns.
Hypersonic missiles can travel five times faster than the speed of sound and are currently extremely difficult to shoot down.
Mr Thomis, whose UK-based company supplies kits for Royal Navy submarines, spoke to the Daily Telegraph and said: ‘Being able to develop convincing countermeasures against them is a step forward very important.
“It’s a real challenge.
“There is no doubt about it.”
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This American attempt to catch up with Russian efforts is capable of reaching speeds in excess of five times the speed of sound.
This makes the missile system the third successful test of this class of weapons since 2013.
Air-breathing hypersonic missiles use air captured from the atmosphere to provide sustained propulsion.
Different types of hypersonic propulsion also operate in the vacuum of space.
The Pentagon said in a statement Monday that the hypersonic air-breathing weapon (HAWC) concept development program is managed by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.