Washington, London and Canberra to jointly develop hypersonic weapons

The announcement comes as part of their AUKUS security agreement aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the Pacific.

The United Kingdom, the United States and Australia announced on Tuesday that they will jointly develop hypersonic weapons as part of their AUKUS security agreement aimed at countering China’s growing influence in the Pacific.

Hypersonic missiles, which can reach or exceed five times the speed of sound, are faster and more efficient than standard missiles, making them harder to intercept.

The United States successfully tested this technology already used by Russia or China in October 2021.

“We are committed today to begin a new trilateral cooperation in hypersonic, counter-hypersonic and electronic means of warfare,” US leaders Joe Biden, Britain’s Boris Johnson and Australia’s Scott Morrison said in a statement.

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They also agreed to “expand information sharing and deepen defense innovation cooperation”.

Last March, Russia claimed the use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine, which would be the first known use in real combat situations of the system, first tested in 2018.

Washington, London and Canberra announced the AUKUS Strategic Partnership for the Indo-Pacific in September 2021, targeting China, but without naming it.

The alliance is already planning the delivery of nuclear-powered submarines to Australia, and the three countries said on Tuesday they were “delighted” with progress made in this area.

However, this angered Paris by terminating a major arms contract between France and Australia.

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