Hypersonic weapons - a new and exciting path to nuclear Ragnarok

Indian Summer

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Apr 26, 2012
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Oxon, UK
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I found this video enlightening, but frightening

Here's a recent news article on the topic:
China tested a functional hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) in November 2017, and Russian tested a hypersonic weapon only a few weeks after President Vladimir Putin boasted that he has an "invincible" hypersonic missile in early March.
When asked by Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, the committee chairman, what kind of defenses the US had against such weapons, the general responded, "our defense is our deterrent capability."

"We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us," Hyten said.
More: China and Russia are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons — and the US doesn't have any defenses (20. March 2018)

The part that is particularly frightening about these weapons is that they alter the "logic" in favour of preventive (nuclear) strikes if a country find reason to believe these weapons are about to be used against them. This is because they are more precise and could potentially knock out a country's entire capability to retaliate.

So it makes for a more dangerous world.