US tests Hypersonic Nuclear capable missile

On March 20, 2020, the United States successfully tested nuclear capable hypersonic missiles. The test challenges Russia’s missile testing capabilities. Recently, Russia tested a hypersonic weapon in December 2019 and China has already showcased its DF-17 hypersonic glide vehicle.

The glide vehicle flew at five times more than the speed of sound.

Anti-Ballistic Missiles Treaty

The United States has withdrawn from anti-ballistic missiles treaty. This has paved way for the country to conduct tests in Europe and Asia off the Russian coast.

Difference between Hypersonic and Ballistic Missiles

The trajectory of Hypersonic Missiles are not traceable. On the other hand, the trajectory of the Ballistic missiles are traceable.

Difference Between Hypersonic Cruise Missile and Hypersonic Glider Missiles

The trajectory of a Hypersonic Cruise Missile is placed at 20 to 30 km from the earth’s surface and that of the the Hypersonic Glider trajectory is placed at 40 to 100 km.

The three major powers US, Russia and China are currently the lead players of the arms race. The other powers are collaborating with them. Australia is teaming up with the US in March 8 HGV and India is with Russia in the March 7 HCM project.