A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters
A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters
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US Air Force orders US$1b hypersonic missile from Lockheed Martin months after Russia announced it had one

The non-nuclear missile will be fired from warplanes and will be difficult to track because of its ability to switch direction mid-flight to avoid predictable arcs

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A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters
A US Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft is seen at the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport in June 2017. Lockheed Martin has been given almost US$1 billion to construct a hypersonic missile that can be fired from planes. Photo: Reuters
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