The US plays a difficult game of catch up on hypersonic weapons

Russian leaders have claimed they are building a new hypersonic missile that can travel at nearly nine times the speed of sound and be used to combat ships at sea or land targets. And China “is developing a range of technologies to counter U.S. and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles, multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, decoys, chaff, jamming, thermal shielding and hypersonic glide vehicles,” the Pentagon said in a report to Congress earlier this year on China’s military might. READ MORE…