US Senators Point to ‘Hypersonic Gap’ With Russia, China

Posted on February 13, 2020 2:55 pm

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U.S. senators are concerned Russia and China may outpace Washington in developing hypersonic weapons. 

In a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday with top defense officials, lawmakers expressed concern about the weapons that fly at five times the speed of sound, or Mach 5. 

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut called the hypersonic weapons “a game-changer.” Independent Senator Angus King of Maine called them “a nightmare weapon for aircraft carriers.”  

“It sounds to me as if hypersonic weapons and other future weapons have been more advanced by other countries such as China, even Russia coming back into the scene in a real aggressive way … are we going