United States in addition to seven published projects of hypersonic weapons work the same on two classified programs, according to Aviation Week.
American journal drew attention to the LinkedIn profile of a senior expert on hypersonic weapon the Pentagon Greg Sullivan, which stated the projects we do for HACM and HCCW. After contacting Aviation Week with a request to decipher the abbreviations is a specialist removed the previously mentioned competence.
The interviewed experts proposed their own variations of deciphering the signs that were present in the profile Sullivan. In particular, the HACM military historian Richard Hallion suggested to understand how Advanced Hypersonic (as well as Air-Breathing or Air-Launched) Conventional (also Capability or Concept) Missile. One option for decoding HCCW British expert Justin Bronk suggested Counter Hypersonic Cruise Weapon that is actually a weapon designed to deal with hypersonic cruise missiles.
The newspaper reminds that earlier, the Pentagon has repeatedly mentioned about the two classified programs of hypersonic weapons, but also notes a surplus in funding, officially announced the seven programs of hypersonic weapons in the amount of about $ 2.5 billion in the next five years, which is likely to have on classified projects.
In February, President Vladimir Putin revealed the characteristics of hypersonic missiles “Zircon”, “able to hit both marine and ground targets”.
In the same month the TV channel “Russia-1” in the program “Vesti Nedeli” reported that the objectives of the Russian hypersonic cruise missiles “Zircon” in case of threat to Moscow from Washington could become five military decision-making centers in the United States.
In February, the military expert Vladislav Shurygin said that to destroy the “Zircon” with modern means is almost impossible.
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