On Tuesday, Linda Reynolds (Defense Minister) said that Australia will collaboratively make hypersonic cruise missiles along with the U.S. in a bid to beat Russia and China, which are making the same missiles.
In a statement, Reynolds described that they will start to invest in modern capabilities to provide the Defense Force of Australia with more choices to deter aggression against the interests of Australia. Moreover, Linda Reynolds didn’t uncover the cost of making the missiles or when they would be active.
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The country had offered around 6.8 billion (9.3 billion Australian dollars) in this year for developing long-range missile, high-speed missile defense systems, which also adds hypersonic research.
Hypersonic missiles travel five times faster than sound speed
Those missiles would be capable of traveling at above five times the speed of sound, and the mixture of maneuverability, speed, and altitude makes them tough to intercept and track.
In the previous year, Russia made its 1st hypersonic atomic capable missiles, while the pentagon that trialed the same hypersonic missile back in 2017, has an intention of hypersonic conflict-fighting capabilities from the start to the mid-2020.
Defense analysts described that the world’s 2nd biggest economy, China, has deployed or near to deploying hypersonic systems that armed with conventional missiles.
In July, Australia explained that it would increase defense investing by forty percent over the next ten years to get longer-range assault capabilities across the sea, air, and land. Furthermore, the action arrives as Australia extends its military focus from the Pacific to the Indo-Pacific area.
The collaboration of Australia with the U.S. on hypersonic missile development can fuel pressures with China.
On Monday, the connection between Canberra and its biggest trading partner strike a new low as a senior Chinese official published an untrue image of an Australian soldier having a knife to the Afghan child’s throat.