A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP
A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP

US successfully tests hypersonic missile in bid to catch up with China and Russia

  • Such weapons travel much faster than current ones, can switch direction in flight and are unpredictable, making them much harder to track and intercept
  • Moscow claimed to have operable hypersonic weapon in December, while Beijing has displayed its DF-17 hypersonic glide vehicle

Topic |   Defence
A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP
A hypersonic missile launches from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Thursday. Photo: US Navy via AFP
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