Amid a backdrop of nonstop coronavirus news coverage, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy wanted to highlight a major step in America’s hypersonic missile arms race with China and Russia.
“I’d likely point out today that the Army, in a joint effort with the Navy, conducted a successful long-range flight of a hypersonic glide body missile,” McCarthy said Friday in a briefing dominated by questions about how the Army Corps of Engineers would help address things such as coming hospital shortages.
“This is a significant milestone for our number-one priority, long-range precision fires,” McCarthy said.
A C-HGB rocket on Thursday pierced the skies over Kauai, Hawaii. It created explosive smoke flumes similar to those of a space shuttle launch because the joint Navy- and Army-developed hypersonic glide body does reach space.
To reach speeds of Mach 20, or 20 times the speed of sound, the glide body that will carry the nation’s fastest land-based missile passes between the upper atmosphere and space.
“There is no missile defense system from sensor to interceptor in the world, including the United States, that has