Officials confirmed that the United States is competing in the development of hypersonic rockets capable of five times the speed of sound.
Heather Wilson, secretary of the United States Air Force. He said that he is making efforts to keep up with other countries, such as Russia and China, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Friday, a group of experts from Washington.
USAF UU. Currently, 80 satellites are operating in space, the secretary added. His comments followed reports that Russia is also developing new missile systems after Washington announced plans to exit the historic nuclear arms control pact.
Vladimir Putin said over the weekend that Russia suspended the Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) of the Cold War era, which prohibited both countries from deploying short and medium-range missiles in Europe.
Meanwhile, Moscow and Washington accused each other of violating the treaty, and Putin said that Russia acted after the United States announced its withdrawal from the pact.
Washington has made it clear that it plans to begin work on the research, development and design of new missile systems, and Moscow will do the same, Putin said.
He added that the Russian army should begin work on the creation of ground launch systems for the Caliber cruise carrier rocket and long-range hypersonic missiles.
Russian officials said the work should be completed by the end of next year so that the new systems are ready by 2021.
However, US Ambassador for Disarmament Robert Wood said Tuesday at a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva that the country would reconsider its withdrawal from the INF Treaty, “if Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance.”