A joint development of a hypersonic missile by the US, Britain and Australia could raise global tensions

On April 5, local time, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia agreed to jointly develop hypersonic missiles under the trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS) framework to expand trilateral cooperation in the field of defense.According to the American broadcasting company (ABC) on April 6, the President of the United States Joe biden, Britain’s prime minister, Johnson, and issued a joint statement, Australia’s prime minister, Morrison 5 under AUKUS alliance, promises “hypersonic, supersonic and electronic warfare ability new trilateral cooperation, and expand the information sharing, deepen defense cooperation innovation”.The announcement came after the three leaders reviewed AUKUS ‘progress.’In light of Russia’s military actions against Ukraine, the three countries remain firmly committed to building an international system that respects human rights, the law and the peaceful settlement of disputes without coercion,’ the statement said, according to the British government website.Kate Hudson, general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), was quoted by the Guardian on 5 April as saying that expanding AUKUS could further increase global tensions.Hypersonic missiles are extremely fast and currently cannot be intercepted by any missile defense system.Last fall, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged weapons manufacturers to develop more advanced hypersonic missiles to maintain the country’s edge in military technology, ABC reported.On March 18, The Russian military used the Dagger hypersonic missile system for the first time, destroying a large underground warehouse of missiles and aerial ammunition in Ukraine.In recent months, the United States has increased the importance of hypersonic weapons following successful Russian tests.The Pentagon’s budget request calls for $4.7 billion to research and develop hypersonic weapons, according to president Joe Biden’s budget for fiscal year 2023 released on March 27.These include plans to deploy land-based hypersonic missiles by next year, sea-based hypersonic missiles by 2025, and space-based hypersonic cruise missiles by 2027.The Russian military says its Avangard hypersonic missile is capable of flying at 27 times the speed of sound and making rapid maneuvers as it approaches its target to avoid enemy missile shields.The first vanguard-equipped missile regiments entered service in December 2019.In addition, the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, carried by mig-31 fighter jets, has a range of up to 2,000km, flies at 10 times the speed of sound, is difficult to intercept and can carry nuclear warheads.AUKUS alliance is a new trilateral security partnership announced by the United States, Britain and Australia in September last year. It aims to strengthen military technology exchanges and cooperation between the United States, Britain and Australia with military capacity building as the main objective.One of its first major initiatives was to help equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.Zhang Wuwei Picture Editor Chen Feiyan Proofread Shi Yun

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