The deterrence value of hypersonic missiles has strategic consequences, especially as a deterrence against attack.


Samantha Hawley and Flint Duxfield writing in ABC News, make the following points:
  • Hypersonic missiles travel at least five times the speed of sound-5,600 kilometres per hour.
  • New generation hypersonic missiles can manoeuvre in flight, making detection difficult.
  • China may already have combat-ready next-generation hypersonic missiles.
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to have operational hypersonic missiles in 2024.
  • The USA is ahead of China and Russia in developing advanced manoeuvrable air-breathing hypersonic missiles.

Worth noting: Australia is also involved in the development of hypersonic missiles.


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