No measures exist to counter Russian, Chinese hypersonic weapons
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (Sputnik) Dec 17, 2018
No countermeasures or effective defence exists against the new generation of hypersonic weapons being developed by both Russia and China, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.
"China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude, and manoeuvrability may defeat most missile defence systems, and they may be used to improve long-range conventional and nuclear strike capabilities," the report said on Thursday.
"There are no existing countermeasures."
The report also said that China and Russia are developing anti-satellite weapons to threaten US space operations. Beijing, the report claimed, is developing capabilities to conduct large-scale anti-satellite strikes using novel cyber and electronic means.
The report identified 26 long-range emerging threats that the United States faces in the areas of adversary military advancements, dual-use technologies, weapons and demographic changes.
Source: Sputnik News
STPSat-5 lunched from Vandenberg AFB
Los Angeles AFB CA (AFNS) Dec 10, 2018
The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched Space Test Program Satellite 5, or STPSat-5, into orbit via Spaceflight Industries' fully dedicated smallsat rideshare mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Dec. 3 from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 10:34 a.m. PST. "I'm elated with [today's] successful launch," said Col. Timothy Sejba, director of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Advanced Systems and Development Directorate. " ... read more
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