U.S. Lacks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles Fired From China and Russia, General Warns

The United States lacks defenses against Chinese and Russian hypersonic missiles and needs to speed up work to counter the threat, the commander of the Strategic Command told a Senate hearing Tuesday.
“Both Russia and China are developing hypersonic capabilities,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Omaha-based Strategic Command said. “We’ve watched them test those capabilities. So both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities.”
Hyten explained that hypersonic missiles are launched atop ballistic missiles and then fly at ultra-high speeds along a depressed trajectory like a cruise missile or aircraft. They can be armed with either nuclear or conventional warheads and are difficult to counter.
“It goes up into the low reaches of space and then turns immediately back down and then levels out and flies at a very high level of speed. That’s a hypersonic weapon,” he said.
Asked by Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) if the military has

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