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China’s Hypersonic Tech Poses Existential Risk to US Carrier Fleet

The US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, toting dozens of fighter jets around the world, will soon lose their ability to project power if the US cannot produce systems to defend against hypersonic weapons like the ones being developed by China and Russia, a senior Pentagon official said March 7.

According to the Washington Examiner, Undersecretary of Defense for Research Michael Griffin gave a speech at the McAleese-Credit Suisse Defense Conference in which he said, "when the Chinese can deploy tactical or regional hypersonic systems, they hold at risk our carrier battle groups. They hold our entire surface fleet at risk. They hold at risk our forward deployed land-based forces."

Griffin explained that Beijing "has done 20 times as many of hypersonic weapons tests as has the United States over the last decade." Just yesterday, Sputnik reported on how Chinese researchers tested a reusable hypersonic spacecraft with an eye toward both civilian and military applications.

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