Speeding towards WW3: US and Australia launch HIFiRE ‘hypersonic’ missile in new arms race


The popular launch from a remote rocket range near Woomera, in South Australia, aided staunch fears that China and Russia were racing in the lead in a new hypersonic arms race, and concerns over increasingly hostile ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

The incredible speed would theoretically cover a hypersonic glider from London to Australia in a little over one hour.

Although, the US has weighted the missiles will only carry conventional warheads, there are already suspects other nations could use them to increase nuclear capabilities.

The hypersonic glider is masterly of travelling at Mach8 — eight times faster than the speed of solid, from between 3,836mph (6,200kmh)to almost 8,000mph (13,000kmh). 

The proof was part of a project called the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program (HIFiRE) affecting the US and Australian militaries, Queensland University, Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Assemble and private companies, including Boeing and BAE Systems.

The date of the test at the cracker this month has not been released, however, a video of the launch was advertised online a few days ago by the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology of the University of Queensland, which is a collaborator in HIFiRE.

Just weeks ago, in May, members of US Congress raised concerns that the US was see train behind Russia and China in the development of hypersonic weapons capabilities.


The new test was carried out in a remote part of South Australia.

US Armada Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, said at a Congress understanding steps needed to be taken to counter any potential threat to the US from the advancement of the technology.

He utter: «I’m concerned about Chinese and Russian hypersonic weapons development, and I designated those concerns in the right places. 

«What we can do is to develop our own hypersonic weapons and convalesce our defences against theirs.» 

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said the gig: “takes us one step closer to the realisation of hypersonic flight.”

She said it aroused the military potential of Australia, as by having mastered the technology of hypersonic take a run-out powder, the nation would be in a better place to respond to “future threats.”

There had been earlier originates under the £41m project, including those in Hawaii and Norway in 2012.

Mrs Payne foretold the latest launch was the end of the tests as part of the HiFiRE series.

I’m concerned about Chinese and Russian hypersonic weapons increment, and I expressed those concerns in the right places.

US Navy Admiral Harry Harris

Come what may, she added that Australia aims to maintain its position “at the leading with ones heart in ones mouth of hypersonic research” and looks forward to arranging further hypersonic dismiss experiments with the US.

There are faster intercontinental ballistic missiles about, but the hypersonic glider has better maneuverability, and is less easily detected on modus operandi.

BAE Systems Australia said in a statement that «the successful flight bad was the most complex of all HIFiRE flights conducted to date».

The US has said it pass on only use the missiles for conventional weapons.

Some experts fear promptly the technology is perfected, other nations will use them for nuclear warheads, and then the US last wishes as be forced to follow suit.

But that hasn’t pull over a number of experts voicing concerns that other nations choice use the technology to launch a nuclear strike.  

Yousaf Butt, a nuclear physicist and stop research fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, told the Huffington Appointment: «Washington had always intended for the new ‘hypersonic boost-glide’ weapons to remain purely received

«But Russia and China seem to be pursuing nuclear variants.

«If the hypersonic arms the dogs heads in a nuclear direction, Washington may be pressured to follow.»

So far in 2017 North Korea has give someone noticed 17 missiles, despite an outcry from the United States.

There are fears it could now fifty-fifty have the capability to fire a missile that could reach the US, potentially inspiriting World War 3.

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