German Media Calls Russian, Chinese Hypersonic Missiles a ‘Nightmare’ for European Security

At the identical time, the media famous that Russia shouldn’t be involved with different international locations’ progress within the area of hypersonic weaponry resulting from having superior S-500 air defence techniques, designed to counter such threats.

The introduction of hypersonic weapons into the arsenals of nations, particularly Russia and China, is a nightmare for European safety, triggering a new stage within the “spiral of threats”, Die Welt journalist Gerhard Hegmann acknowledged.

He recalled a latest alert on the American army base at Ramstein, Germany, after a Russian submarine performed an ICBM missile take a look at. Die Welt famous that whereas the incident confirmed the US army is on fixed alert, the outlet added that within the case of a hypersonic missile they could have reacted too late to intercept it.

The media cited consultants from the German Council on Foreign Relations as suggesting that hypersonic weapons are going to distort the steadiness of energy between nuclear powers and thwart disarmament initiatives. They indicated that whereas Russia and China already maintain the main positions when it comes to hypersonic weapons, the US goes to nice lengths to catch up.

At the identical time, German safety analysts cited by Die Welt identified that Russia is unconcerned with US progress within the area because of the nation possessing efficient defences towards hypersonic weapons within the type of the superior S-500 air defence system and “unknown modified interceptor missile”.

The US first began trying into hypersonic missiles and gliders again within the 2000s, however ultimately deserted initiatives on this area, solely reviving them just lately. These efforts have been restarted after Russia introduced a breakthrough, presenting a number of fashions of hypersonic-capable armaments travelling at speeds of 10 Mach and above. President Vladimir Putin acknowledged whereas presenting the brand new weaponry, that their improvement was the nation’s response to the actions of the West and their disrespect for Russian pursuits and requests. At the identical time, the Kremlin expressed readiness to place new missiles on the agenda of talks on arms management treaties, akin to New START, which is about to run out in February 2021 and requires an extension.


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