China Nedavneshnee test new «ultra-fast» shock means the Pentagon called the growing fear that the country throughout the 5 years to catch up with the U.S. in this region of high military technology, reports freebacon.com January 28.
January 28 during a hearing in the Armed Services Committee of Congress Deputy Secretary of Defense Procurement, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall (Frank Kendall) said that, given the success of the Chinese, it is concerned large-scale defense budget cuts that undermine efforts to maintain U.S. military advantages.
Pentagon brings resources to create 2 kinds of hypersonic weapons — on ballistic and cruise missiles. These machines can be maneuvered at speeds up to 10M (7680 miles per hour). «The high speed makes it difficult to intercept them TMD,» he said. He expressed concern that China’s work in this area in the future may outstrip the development of American technology.
January 9th China conducted tests hypersonic machine that the Pentagon was designated WU-14. This instrument can be used to break U.S. missile defense system, used for delivering nuclear or ordinary precision strikes, including aircraft carriers at sea.
South American officials say that the work in this area of China were not the secret, but successful test showed that Beijing is moving even faster than previously estimated. The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear (Samuel Locklear) said that China hypersonic weapon test showed his ability to progress rapidly, making it difficult security situation.
Also speaking in Congress director of strategic plans and policies of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) U.S. Armed Forces Vice Admiral Frank Randolph (Frank Pandolfe) stated that express his outlook on the Chinese hypersonic weapon «behind closed doors.»
Kendall views on China is concentrating its efforts in the field of cosmic creation of surveillance systems, cyberwarfare ordinary precision ballistic and cruise missiles capable of hitting both stationary and moving naval targets such as aircraft carriers, missiles «air-air» fighter fifth generation of modern EW systems. In the coming couple of years, China has adopted a fighter perceive fifth-generation J-20, as will exports of military aircraft, he said.
Over the past couple of years, the Obama administration has reduced defense spending by more than $ 500 billion dollars, undermining U.S. efforts to establish sverhtehnologichny weapons. In the past year to develop a hypersonic weapon systems within creation frisky global strike the Pentagon sent about 65 million dollars, 46 million have been allocated for research on hypersonic leading agencies promising military projects DARPA. After a 2-flight demonstrator subsequent tests hypersonic HTV-2 unit of Lockheed Martin postponed. This unit is designed to fly at a speed of 20M or 15,224 miles per hour. Boeing is developing a planning unit with hypersonic air-breathing engine, the X-51 Waverider, the U.S. Army is also working on a hypersonic missile, which can be used in the U.S. missile defense system.
Kendall said that now is a «very good time» to talk about the future of U.S. arms. In his view, the case with China, «uncertain» and the U.S. should be prepared to meet the challenges, there is a promising set of weapons and technologies that require more funds to develop than it is now.