Mikoyan MiG-31K fighter jet with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles fly over the Red Square in Moscow marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the second world War.
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The U.S. lacks the defense necessary to protect against a new breed of very advanced hypersonic weapons from China and Russia, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
“China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons, because of their speed, altitude and manoeuvrability to the defeat of most missile defense systems, and they can be used for improvement of the long-range conventional and nuclear strike capabilities,” the report said. “There are no existing measures.”
Earlier this year, the Russian army said it ran a successful test of a nuclear-capable super-fast missile capable of sneaking through enemy defenses.
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A video published by the Ministry of Defence on Sunday showed a MiG-31 fighter the launch of a Kinzhal (Dagger) missile during a training flight. The ministry said that the missile, which has a conventional warhead, hit a practice target at a shooting range in the south of Russia.
The video screen shows the Kinzhal missile system as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers an annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, in Moscow, Manezh Central Exhibition Hall.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kinzhal flies up to 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 1,250 miles and can carry a nuclear or conventional warhead. The military said it is capable of hitting both land targets and naval ships.
The US army is busy with the increase of the hypersonic weapons capabilities.
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In April, the Pentagon announced a deal with Lockheed Martin for the development of a hypersonic conventional strike weapon” for the us Air Force. The deal for the air-launched Hypersonic Conventional strike Weapon (HCSW), is a value up to $928 million.
Russian MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jets carry hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles flying over the Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018.
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Four months later, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract of $480 million for the design of a second hypersonic prototype, the Air-Launched Quick Reaction Weapon (ARRW).
“The ARRW and HCSW efforts are the development of unique capabilities for the warfighter, and each has different technical approaches,” explained the Air Force, in a statement. “The ARRW effort is pushing the art of the possible’ through the use of the technical basis adopted by the Air Force/DARPA partnership. The HCSW effort is the use of existing technologies, which are not integrated for an air-launched delivery system.”
Fox News has reached out to the Pentagon with a request for comments on the GAO report.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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