Army secretary nominee tells Congress that hypersonic weapons are one of Pentagon's number-one priorities

Hypersonic weapons have the speed of a ballistic missile, the maneuvering capabilities of a cruise missile, and can travel faster than Mach 5.

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WASHINGTON – Hypersonic weapons, which fly five-times faster than the speed of sound, are at the top of the Army's weapons procurement agenda, Ryan McCarthy said during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday to be the next Army secretary, reports to Gillian Rich for Investor's Business DailyContinue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

September 23, 2019-After years of putting boots on the ground in the Middle East, while adding wear and tear on helicopters, tanks, and other ground vehicles, the Army's focus on superfast missiles reflects the Pentagon shift to near-peer rivals like Russia and China.

"This could fundamentally change the posture for us in various combatant commands," says McCarthy, who was previously undersecretary of the Army. "It's a number-one investment priority for us. It's something that really started with Secretary Mattis. And we've just had our foot on the gas."

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