the race to develop hypersonic weapons.André Schmitt
Hello and welcome to the Black Ops Coffee blog. This paper is about the race to develop hypersonic weapons and the current state of the art.
Hypersonic weapons are weapon systems capable of flying at supersonic speeds and thus overcoming the enemy’s defence systems. The development of such weapons is of great strategic importance, as they can change the course of wars and influence the outcome of conflicts.
The race to develop hypersonic weapons has intensified in recent years as more and more countries invest in the development of such weapon systems. Here is an overview of the current state of the art and developments in the most important countries.
USA: The USA is considered a pioneer in the development of hypersonic weapons. The country began developing hypersonic weapons as early as the 1960s and has made great strides since then. The USA’s best-known hypersonic weapon system is the X-51A WaveRider, which was first tested in 2010 and is capable of flying at Mach 5. The country is also working on other systems such as the HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept) and the ARRW (Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon), which are designed to reach even higher speeds.
China:China has made enormous progress in the development of hypersonic weapons in recent years and is considered the USA’s biggest competitor in this field. The country has several systems under development, including the DF-17, which can reach a speed of Mach 10 and is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads. The DF-17 is also the first hypersonic weapon system to be operationally deployed by China.
Russia: Russia is another important player in the development of hypersonic weapons. The country has developed the Kinzhal hypersonic weapon system, which can be deployed from fighter aircraft and reaches a speed of Mach 10. The country is also working on other systems such as the Avangard hypersonic glider, which is capable of overcoming ballistic missile defence systems.
Other countries:Besides the USA, China and Russia, there are other countries that are investing in the development of hypersonic weapons. These include India, which is working on the HSTDV hypersonic glider, and Australia, which has joined forces with the US to develop the HIFiRE hypersonic weapon system.
Conclusion: The race to develop hypersonic weapons is in full swing and developments in key countries are extremely promising. However, it is also important to note that the development of hypersonic weapons is not without risks. The high speeds and temperatures that occur during flight through the atmosphere pose major technical challenges. Furthermore, hypersonic weapons can also increase political tensions and lead to a new arms race.
Despite these challenges, the development of hypersonic weapons remains an important strategic focus for many countries. It remains to be seen which countries will take the lead in this area in the future and how the technology will develop.
Sources on the topic:
- “Hypersonic Weapons: The new race of the superpowers” by Deutschlandfunk Nova: https://www.deutschlandfunknova.de/beitrag/hyperschallwaffen-der-neue-wettlauf-der-supermaechte
- “Hypersonic Weapons: What You Need to Know” von National Defense Magazine: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2019/1/15/hypersonic-weapons-what-you-need-to-know
- “The Hypersonic Revolution: What It Means for Global Security” von Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/02/14/hypersonic-revolution-what-it-means-for-global-security-pub-78317
- “Hypersonic weapons – what are they and why are they important?” by Deutschlandfunk: https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/hyperschallwaffen-was-sind-das-und-warum-sind-sie-wichtig.676.de.html?dram:article_id=464457
- “Hypersonic Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress” von Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R45811
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