In the United States, the theme of “super duper missile”, the presence of which was announced by President Donald Trump during his May speech, was once again raised in the United States. According to Trump, the United States is creating a missile that "has no analogues in the world in speed."
Trump repeated his statement, adding a few more words about “unparalleled rockets in the world,” to graduates of the West Point Military Academy:
You have heard that Russia and China have rockets that can fly 5-6 times faster than sound. And our super-duper rocket is capable of speeds of 17 times the speed of sound. We produce incredible military equipment. For everyone back, a rocket flying 17 times faster than sound is a good one news.
Trump further stated that "a rocket is capable of hitting a target at a distance of 1 thousand miles with an accuracy of 14 inches."
After that, Trump has already announced that "the American rocket is 17 times faster than the fastest rocket to date." So 17 times faster than sound or 17 times faster than the “fastest rocket”?
The American press notes that that statement by Trump aroused great interest among experts. But no one can understand what kind of rocket the US president is talking about. It's about hypersonic weapons or ballistic missiles? So far, none of the US arms manufacturers and none of the Pentagon officials have officially announced the testing of hypersonic weapons with speed parameters announced by the US president.
In Business Insider, columnist Ryan Pickrel writes the following about this:
Trump's description of the new rocket, which is 17 times faster than the fastest rocket currently available in the world, is probably an exaggeration or misunderstanding.