Can hypersonic weapons be stopped?

Can hypersonic weapons be stopped?

Hypersonic weapon research and development is in full swing, with nations across the globe racing to develop their own capabilities as quickly as they can. Being able to counter them is becoming crucial, as they will play a huge role in the global power balance by undermining core pillars of geopolitics such as geography and technological power. 

Ahead of this year’s Full Spectrum Air Defence International, Defence IQ wanted to explore this topic in greater detail, as the Conference will include a focus day on recent development in hypersonic weapons and how best to counter the future capabilities of potential adversaries. 

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Key benefits of downloading the piece:

  • Know top investment priorities in hypersonic weapons from countries such as Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany
  • Gain insights into development trends from your peers
  • Learn more about current technologies that can act as countermeasures against hypersonic weapons

Download the piece to learn more about:

  • The difference between a hypersonic cruise missile and a hypersonic glide vehicle
  • Why the proliferation of hypersonic capabilities can be destabilising and upset local balances of power
  • What current technologies act as countermeasures to potential adversaries’ capabilities

Download the piece to gain insight into current developments from the following countries:

  • China – expectation of its DF-17 hypersonic glide vehicle to be operational by 2020
  • Russia – deployment of an operational hypersonic system, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, an air-launched ballistic missile
  • Germany – launch of a hypersonic missile programme in 2018, and expectations for the first prototypes to be launched in three years
  • United Kingdom – award of a US$ 12 million contract to Rolls Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems
  • United States – Pentagon’s request of US$ 2.6 billion for all hypersonic-related research 


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