Trump says Obama slows down hypersonic weapon programme development to counter Russia and China.
(Alles Europa News) -A report issued on the eve of February 10, the White House budget proposal to the Trump administration has proposed for the next fiscal year to allocate $ 3.2 billion for the development of hypersonic weapons.
The authors of the document note that $ 500 million more should be allocated for these needs than was spent in fiscal year 2020.
“The Pentagon continues to accelerate the development of hypersonic weapons defense <…> Financing will continue to develop weapons modifications for the ground forces, navy and air force,” the document says.
The draft indicates that, in general, the United States needs to maintain technological superiority over other states.
Therefore, Trump offers to invest in the development of 5G networks, artificial intelligence, the latest communications equipment for the military, biotechnology and cybersecurity.
The previous U.S administration led by Obama leaked information that it plans to create hypersonic missiles.
As a result, the Russian military began to develop such weapons, Trump is convinced.
U.S President Donald Trump, speaking in Washington before the governors of the U.S states, said that Russia could begin to create hypersonic missiles, having learned that such developments were in the plans of the previous American administration under the leadership of Barack Obama.
A transcript of the head of state’s speech is published on the White House website.
According to Trump, the United States has a large number of “superfast missiles,” which, he noted, are seven times faster than conventional missiles.
“We need such weapons because Russia has them,” the president said.
Alles Europa News reports that the head of state noted that the Russian military began developing such missiles, most likely after they received information according to which they became aware of the Obama administration’s plans to create such weapons.
“And this is very bad <…> But that’s how it happened. And China, as you know, is doing it, ”he added.
Alles Europa News reports that as Trump noted, over the past three years, the United States has significantly modernized its nuclear arsenal.
According to him, this is the only way the Americans can go until Washington agrees with Moscow and Beijing to “stop this crazy spending of billions on nuclear weapons.”
“We take good care of our military. We are increasing the costs of our nuclear program because we have no choice – because of what, in particular, China is doing and what Russia is doing, ”concluded the head of the White House.
intercepting hypersonic weapons
The Pentagon began developing means of intercepting hypersonic weapons earlier after various test from Moscow…
Earlier, the United States has repeatedly recognized that it currently plays the role of a catch-up in the development of hypersonic weapons.
In particular, such a statement was made by the head of the Pentagon, Mark Expert.
He noted that his department is now investing “every dollar that can only” in order to achieve an advantage in this area.
Later, the Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, General John Hayten, also spoke about the lag of the States in this area .
In March 2018, President Vladimir Putin first presented Russian hypersonic weapons during a message to the Federal Assembly.
It was about the Sarmat and Vanguard complex, the Dagger aviation missile system and cruise missiles with nuclear power plants.
Alles Europa News reports that Putin later stated that the superiority of domestic arms systems over the arms of other countries is necessary in order to guarantee Russia’s security “in the face of growing threats to us.”
US Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Management (DARPA) and the US Northrop Grumman Systems signed a contract worth $ 13 million, according to a report of the Pentagon.
Under the contract, the company will have to conduct research, develop and demonstrate a technology that will be further applied in creating an improved interceptor of hypersonic targets in the upper atmosphere.
This is a project called Glide Breaker.
It is planned to complete the project in January 2021, specified in the message.
This is not the first Pentagon contract in the field of hypersonic weapons. In particular, in mid-January, DARPA signed a $ 31.9 million contract with Lockheed Martin, an American company, to create the Operational Fires (OpFires) weapon system, an innovative land-based hypersonic missile.
It is assumed that the appearance of the rocket will be ready in 2021, comprehensive flight tests of the rocket are scheduled to begin a year later.
Last year, the Pentagon signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to develop and create a $ 928 million hypersonic cruise missile.
lag behind Russia in developing hypersonic weapons
Alles Europa News reports that earlier United states acknowledged lag behind Russia in developing hypersonic weapons
The head of the U.S defense department also said that he still plans to shift the focus of the US military to competing with China and Russia, even though security threats are accumulating in the Middle East.
He accused Moscow and Beijing of seeking to establish a “veto power” regarding economic and security decisions in small countries.
According to the head of the American defense department, Mark Esper, his department spends
“every dollar” to achieve an advantage in the field of hypersonic weapons
Pentagon CEO Mark Esper said the United States is currently playing catch-up in the development of hypersonic weapons.
This was announced by the head of the US Department of Defense at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.
Esper said the United States took a break in this area several years ago.
“And now we are in the role of catching up,” said the head of the Pentagon, answering a question about Russia’s development of hypersonic weapons.
He clarified that the US Department of Defense is now investing “every dollar that can only” in order to achieve an advantage in this area.
He also admitted that he was concerned about Russia’s development of various strategic weapons, which, he said, went beyond START-3.
In addition, the head of the Pentagon again accused Moscow of violating the provisions of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty, ceased to operate on August 2, 2019).