United Kingdom, United Kingdom and United States in the development of hypersonic missiles

The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have announced that they will work together to develop a hypersonic missile defense alliance called AUKUS.

The leaders said in a joint statement that they were “committed to launching new trilateral cooperation today on hypersonics and counter-hypersonics and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as expanding information sharing and deepening cooperation in defense innovation.”

The United States, Russia, and China have all focused on developing a hypersonic missile – a system so fast that it cannot be stopped by the current missile defense system.

In October, General Mark Millie, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed that China had tested a hypersonic weapons system as part of an aggressive effort to advance space and military technology.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Millie described the Chinese test as “a very important event in the testing of hypersonic weapons systems and a matter of grave concern.”

Russia has used “multiple” hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, according to the top US commander in Europe.

Last fall, as US intelligence officials became concerned about the growing number of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the country’s arms manufacturers to develop more advanced hypersonic missiles to keep the country afloat in military technology.

The Russian military says its avant-garde system is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound and can devise sharp tactics on the way to target targets to evade enemy missile shields. It replaces the old type of warhead with existing Soviet-built intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the first unit equipped with an avant-garde entered operation in December 2019.

According to Russian officials, the Kinzhal, carried by MiG-31 fighter jets, has a range of 2,000 kilometers (about 1,250 miles) and flies at 10 times the speed of sound.

The Pentagon’s 2023 budget request already includes $ 4.7 billion for research and development of hypersonic weapons. It includes plans to field a hypersonic missile battery by next year, a sea-based missile by 2025 and an air-based cruise missile by 2027.

Biden, Johnson and Morrison billed AUKUS as an opportunity to create a larger share of the defense capabilities. As their first major step, the alliance said it would help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.

Morrison said the development of the hypersonic missile, which was published two years ago in line with Australia’s strategic plan, was to increase the military’s long-range strike capability.

“The ultimate goal is to get that capability as quickly as possible and make sure it’s in the best form we can work with our partners,” Morrison told reporters.

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton had earlier announced plans to spend 2. 2.6 billion to acquire long-range strike missiles for warplanes and warships amid growing threats from Russia and China.

A draft security agreement between the Solomon Islands and China has raised concerns about a possible Chinese naval presence 1,200 miles off the northeast Australian coast. The Solomon Islands government has said it will not allow China to build a military base there, and China has denied having a military presence on the islands.


Robert Burns, Associated Press writer from Canberra, Australia, Lolita C. Baldor and Rod McGuire contributed to this report.

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