Why the US is testing hypersonic weapons

In an effort to develop a defense mechanism that can reach any target in the world in just an hour, the US Air Force is developing hypersonic weapons, which are currently nearing the testing stage. While the technology is not expected to be fully developed for years, some in the international community are worried about the risks of inadvertent nuclear warfare.

Hypersonic weapons are not new – ballistic missiles are hypersonic – but the US is currently researching a new class of hypersonic weaponry called “boost-glide weapons.”

These missiles are deployed from beneath the wing of bomber planes and can reach their target with extreme accuracy. They travel at Mach 5, five times the speed of sound, which could get you from New York City of Los Angeles in only 30 minutes. READ MORE.