US can't defend against Russia's hypersonic weapon, commander says

A top nuclear commander warned that the US should add more nuclear weapons to its arsenal because Russia and China are actively developing a new high-speed hypersonic weapon.

US Air Force general John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, said Tuesday that Russia and China are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons, a type of nuclear missile that flies a a very high speed. 

According to Hyten, the US doesn't have any type of nuclear weapon that can defend against a hypersonic missile so he suggests the country get to work.   

US Air Force general John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, said Tuesday that the US needs to add another type of nuclear weapon to its arsenal as Russia and China work to develop a hypersonic weapon

US Air Force general John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command, said Tuesday that the US needs to add another type of nuclear weapon to its arsenal as Russia and China work to develop a hypersonic weapon

Hyten said both Russia and China are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic nuclear weapons, which can travel faster than the speed of sound. Pictured above is American president Donald Trump (left) and Russian Vladimir Putin 

Hyten said both Russia and China are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic nuclear weapons, which can travel faster than the speed of sound. Pictured above is American president Donald (left) and Russian Vladimir Putin 

'We don't have any defense that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us,' he told the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to CNBC.

Hyten said that means the US has to rely on deterrence against the hypersonic warfare. 

'Both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities. We've watched them test those capabilities,' he said, adding that the US needs to step up its nuclear weapon arsenal. 

'I strongly agree with the need for a low-yield nuclear weapon,' the commander added. 'That capability is a deterrence weapon to respond to the threat that Russia, in particular, is portraying. President (Vladimir) Putin announced as far back as April of 2000 that the Russian doctrine will be to use a low-yield nuclear weapon on the battlefield.'

Hyten told the senate committee that the hypersonic weapon gets it name because it can travel faster than the speed of sound.  

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