Lawmakers Seek Report on Defenses Against High-Speed Weapons

Global Security Newswire Staff
May 9, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

House law­makers want the Pentagon to provide de­tails about its plans to de­fend against hy­per­son­ic weapons de­veloped by China and oth­ers.

Lan­guage to that ef­fect is in­cluded in an­nu­al de­fense policy le­gis­la­tion passed by the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee this week, re­ports In­side De­fense.

The re­quire­ment is for Pentagon lead­ers to present a re­port by the end of the year that will de­tail the threat posed by hy­per­son­ic weapons to the United States and its al­lies, and how the mil­it­ary in­tends to “counter” it.

China re­portedly tested a hy­per­son­ic glide vehicle, dubbed WU-14, in Janu­ary. Moun­ted on an In­ter­con­tin­ent­al Bal­list­ic Mis­sile, the vehicle is be­lieved to travel at 10 times the speed of sound.

The Pentagon it­self is work­ing on hy­per­son­ic weaponry for in­clu­sion in­to an ef­fort of­fi­cials have called “Con­ven­tion­al Prompt Glob­al Strike.” The idea is to de­vel­op non-nuc­le­ar op­tions for at­tack­ing faraway tar­gets, in­clud­ing those on the move, at very short no­tice.

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