WSJ: The United States cannot produce hypersonic weapons due to problems at all stages of their creation

The Pentagon is experiencing problems at all stages of creating hypersonic weapons, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports, citing American officials. The main challenges include unsuccessful testing, lack of necessary infrastructure such as wind tunnels, high development costs, and the lack of a clear weapons deployment plan.

Former Vice Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff John Hyten said the Pentagon should not act so slowly.

My concern about the lack of progress in hypersonic weapons development is only growing. We need to move faster in many directions.

- he said.

Former Air Force acquisition chief William Roper pointed out the lack of a strategy for the development of such weapons at the US Department of Defense.

In my time, there was no strategy [for developing hypersonic weapons] at the Pentagon. And, as far as I can see from the outside, she apparently doesn’t exist even now

- he said.

The publication emphasized that the Pentagon is funding several projects to create hypersonic weapons, but does not know which of them to use and how.

The WSJ noted that Russia and China have made significant progress in developing hypersonic weapons, and the United States has not yet adopted a single hypersonic missile. In early September, the Pentagon refused to test launch the first American hypersonic missile, without giving a reason for canceling the test.
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  1. Wooh Offline Wooh
    Wooh (Barmaley) 15 September 2023 16: 02
    God grant that this continues as long as possible. hi
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 15 September 2023 16: 12
      China is imposing sanctions against American military-industrial companies Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin over arms sales to Taiwan.
  2. ont65 Offline ont65
    ont65 (Oleg) 16 September 2023 01: 20
    Everything is correct, missiles according to the FSB drawings should not fly in principle.
  3. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 16 September 2023 08: 39
    And I don’t understand at all why the States need hypersonic weapons. That's fair. Pointless waste of money. As a means of delivering nuclear weapons? To protect the country? It's easier to place hydrogen gigabombs in orbit, as Teller proposed - and here it is, a weapon of the last day.
  4. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 16 September 2023 20: 10
    To create an alloy for hypersonic missiles that can withstand 4000 degrees Celsius, you need to be a little kinder to countries
    1. strange guest Offline strange guest
      strange guest (Strange Guest) 17 September 2023 11: 48
      What does alloy have to do with it? Everyone has had alloys and protection for a long time. The warheads enter the atmosphere at a speed of about Mach 15 and the surrounding plasma is heated to 7000 K (~6700°C). And they don't fall apart.
  5. Valery Bor Offline Valery Bor
    Valery Bor (Valery) 17 September 2023 08: 30
    So let them buy from the crests - they have so many of these missiles lying around!
  6. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 17 September 2023 13: 57
    You can't figure it out without half a liter. But they don’t know how to drink, they stir and don’t shake...