Don’t Look Now, But Uncle Sam Has A New Hypersonic Toy

Written by Wes Walker on May 17, 2022

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One of the questions that was keeping some people up at night was this: has America fallen behind in cutting-edge military tech?

With some highly-publicized hypersonic missile testing by our adversaries, many were concerned that the answer to that might be ‘yes’.

It didn’t help set those people at ease when some of our experts were left scratching their heads when they saw it. The more infamous expert reactions couldn’t even explain the physics behind the technology that someone else had already designed and successfully deployed.

In short, not good. Especially when deterrence is at a premium.

If one of our adversaries held such an advantage, they would be emboldened in any conflct.

If you are unclear on how important the idea of deterrence is in any conflict, look no further than the Eastern European countries suddenly clamoring for a chance to join NATO. Change the math so that attacking a country will cost more than they are willing to pay, and you just might preserve peace without firing a shot.

That was the logic behind Reagan’s peace through strength doctrine. And it’s part of what motivates Great Power’s arms races even now. Heaven forbid that fighting DOES erupt somewhere, nobody wants to be caught flat-footed.

The test was conducted on Saturday off the coast of Southern California when a B-52 bomber released an Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), the Air Force said in a statement.

“Following separation from the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster ignited and burned for [the] expected duration, achieving hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound,” it said. —JPost

It doesn’t say anything about how soon they could be available, or how many we could produce. But a test like this one does put our adversaries on notice that they are not the only ones with dangerous new toys.

From the perspective of anyone counting on deterrence as part of the path to avoid serious conflict, that’s a good thing.

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