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Hypersonic weapons race: Lockheed gets $1 Billion to catch up to Russia and China (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 30.

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind the F-35A Lightning II, won a $928 million contract to develop a hypersonic missile for the US Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound.

The new weapons will be developed with the aim at overcoming Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the hypersonic weapons race and if the US military should even get involved in building such weapons.

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Via Zerohedge (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-08/lockheed-martin-awarded-929-million-contract-hypersonic-weapon-counter-russia-china)…

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

“This is the first phase of a development program, with future phases progressing through design, flight test, initial production and deployment of the weapon system at early operational capability. The contract ceiling through early operational capability is $928 million.”

“Our goal is rapid development and fielding of the HCSW system, and this contract is the first step in achieving that goal,” said John Snyder, vice president of Air Force Strategic Programs at Lockheed Martin.

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command said, “both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities. We have watched them test those capabilities.”

“I think we have stability with Russia on the nuclear side,” he added. “We have an advantage with China on the nuclear side. But they are gaining ground quickly, especially when you look at space and cyber.”

Earlier this year Russia test-fired a high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet. The Russian Ministry of Defence declared: “The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,” releasing exclusive video showing the hypersonic missile air launch from the underbelly of the MiG-31.

In late 2017, China conducted several tests of a hypersonic glide vehicle that could be used to defeat U.S. missile defense systems.

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tibetan cowboy
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The USA has lost the arms race to Russia and China forever. This is due to the overwhelming corruption in congress, administration and Pentagon. They all sell-out for quid pro quos due to the massive $trillions in the pipelines to the Pentagon, and their pockets and bank accounts. This is why the F-35 is a threat to national security due to the politicians: they’ve sold out for greed instead of managing competent war machines. This includes Bernie Sanders, one of the most visibly corrupt politicians, selling out to terrorists due to his greed and politics of having these boondoggles produced… Read more »

WillDippel
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WillDippel

As shown in this article, Russia is developing ground-breaking technology that will allow it to detect incoming hypersonic weapons:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.ca/2018/01/seeing-further-russias-developing-over.html

When it comes to military advancements, the Russians seem to be able to do a lot more with a lot less.

Walter
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Walter

Simple answer. Putin has won WW III as there will not be another World War. The world is much better off living in peace.

Gano1
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Gano1

$1bn won’t cover the R&D.

tom
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tom

Lockheed Martin needs to fire all its negotiators, who are hopelessly incompetent. Russia has established a decisive advantage over the USA, which means that any attack on it will result in complete mutual destruction. In anything short of a thermonuclear funeral pyre, Russia will have the upper hand.

And for closing this gap they ask a paltry $1 billion? Of a government that spends over $1 trillion a year on useless military toys? Someone’s calculator needs repairing. (Or they are using Microsoft software).

bluewater
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bluewater

BS ..THE SECRET SPACE PROGRAM has been since 1952 and Eisenhower and JFK were briefed at the pentagon.

If you listen to her…I met her in 1992…she explains all the problems we are having which most have no idea because they are asleep…but after 30 mins ..you will see why

It is all about SEX..MONEY…BLACKMAIL
relationships are being destroyed
your children are being destroyed
RISE OF PORN……INTERNET
WARS..what is really going on all over the PLANET and THE SHEEPLE believe the BS PROPAGANDA on these sites and NEWS
arguing with THE DUALITY that is pushed down your throat….

https://youtu.be/a-IuOjZf37U

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US and European Rocketry and space travel was founded on the back of German, Eastern European and Russian minds and expertise. Many a good mind fled the horrors to come and quite a few were talented and able techs and engineers. To this day America depends on imported talent, while Russia has been able to recognise and retain it’s talent. As such it can come as no surprise what Russia has achieved and the Americans haven’t. Eastern Europe has recognised theirs but has failed to retain it and is looking to bring it back (I hope the do). Poles, Czech,… Read more »

AM Hants
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Will not make any difference. Do they really believe that Russia and China will stop work on their future generation, upgrades?

US Defence Budget $717 billion.
Russia Defence Budget $47 billion.

Now, how come Russia can make all NATO has in her arsenal obsolete, on such a small budget, besides cutting out the ‘middle man’?

Alexander Paulsen
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Alexander Paulsen

LMAO Lockheed Martin couldn’t build a bottle rocket for $1 billion

Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes
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Speed, Approximately 17,507 mph (Mach 23, or 28,176 km/h, or 7.8 km/s) ( terminal phase). Guidance system. Inertial NS-50. Accuracy, 200 m CEP. Launch platform. Missile silo. The LGM-30 Minuteman is a U.S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), in service … Minuteman.. developed decades ago

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