Beginning in the 1940’s, the United States has pursued the development of hypersonic technologies, enabling atmospheric flight in excess of five times the speed of sound. Hypersonic flight has application to a range of military and civilian applications, including commercial transport, space access, and various weapons and sensing platforms. A number of flight tests of hypersonic vehicles have been conducted by countries around the world, including the United States, Russia, and China, that could lead the way to future hypersonic global strike weapon systems. These weapons would be especially effective at penetrating conventional defenses, and could pose a significant risk to national security.
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Research Article| November 15 2017
Global strike hypersonic weapons
AIP Conf. Proc. 1898, 020005 (2017)
Mark J. Lewis; Global strike hypersonic weapons. AIP Conf. Proc. 15 November 2017; 1898 (1): 020005. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5009210
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