U.S. to Boost Weapons Research in Response to Russia

Voice of America News reports: “The United States will step up research in hypersonic offense and defense weapons, in response to a Russian test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic glider.

‘While the United States has been the world leader in hypersonic system research for many decades, we did not choose to weaponize it,’ Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza told VOA. ‘Those who have decided to weaponize hypersonics are creating a war-fighting asymmetry that we must address.’

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who oversaw the test Wednesday, said the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come.

He called it an ‘excellent New Year’s gift to the nation.”

The weapon, dubbed Avangard, detaches itself from a rocket after being launched and glides back to earth at speeds faster than the speed of sound…”

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