The United States intends to aim its hypersonic weapons systems under construction primarily at the Asia-Pacific region. This was announced on July 21 by the US President’s Special Representative for Arms Control Marshall Billingsley.
Speaking at a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the discussion of Billingsley’s candidacy for the post of US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, he noted that Washington is not currently engaged in the creation of hypersonic systems in nuclear equipment. However, in his opinion, this type of weapon can become for the United States “important equalizers” in the Asia-Pacific region.
Billingsley acknowledged that the United States is lagging behind China in terms of testing hypersonic weapons, while Russia has deployed two types of such systems.
Earlier, on July 14, it became known that the Pentagon ordered the first modernized F-15EX fighters that are capable of carrying hypersonic weapons.