The Pentagon admitted lag in the creation of hypersonic weapons
The United States cannot accelerate work on a number of promising military developments, including the creation of hypersonic weapons. This opinion was expressed by General John Hayten, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (KNSh) of the US Armed Forces.
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday, Hayten said the United States understands the fact that hypersonic weapons are lagging behind other countries, but at the moment they can’t accelerate work in this direction. According to the general, ten years ago, the United States led in this area, leading the development of two programs at once, but failed.
- said Heiten
From his point of view, the United States has so far failed to break the pattern of behavior in which, in case of failure, programs are suspended for a long time, and then closed, fearing risks. The general noted that military developments lag far behind the civilian sector.
Earlier in Washington, it was recognized that Russia and China significantly overtook the United States in the field of creating new weapons, including hypersonic. About the "role of catching up" recently said US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
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