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U.S. plans to deploy hypersonic weapons in Asia-Pacific

NHK reported online that Secretary of Defense Esper stated at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday that the United States is planning to deploy hypersonic weapons in the Asia-Pacific region within the next few years. The network said that while expressing strong concern over the development of such weapons by China and Russia, the Secretary reportedly said at the hearing that the development of hypersonic weapons is a priority in enhancing the capabilities of the U.S. military. The broadcaster noted that it is said to be difficult to intercept hypersonic weapons, which can fly five times faster than the speed of sound, with the existing U.S. missile defense networks. The broadcaster added that the Pentagon is planning to conduct its first test firing of the weapons sometime this year.

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