Looks like DARPA doesn’t think Putin is bluffing. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Moments after President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation speech on Thursday to deliver a warning directed at the United States that Russia’s latest hypersonic missile can penetrate U.S. missile shields, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) frantically informed members of the press that his agency is aggressively pursuing similar capabilities.
“Efforts to contain Russia have failed – face it,” Putin declared in a two-hour speech at his annual state of the nation address in Moscow, Russia, which included computer simulations of a new intercontinental missile called Avangard that can fly at speeds of Mach 20 (15,345.4 Miles per hour), detailed a report by Sputnik News. Putin also announced the deployment of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, capable of delivering a payload of hell at Mach 10 (7,672.69 Miles per hour) with a range of 1,250 miles.
Did Putin’s bombshell developments on hypersonics catch America’s military-industrial complex with their pants down?
“China and Russia are active in the area of hypersonics [and] have been developing capabilities,” DARPA Director Steven Walker said March 01 during a press briefing with reporters in Washington, D.C.
“We do need an infusion of dollars in our infrastructure to do hypersonics,” he said.
According to the National Defense Magazine, last year, DARPA officials informed the Defense Department that the United States is entering into an era of hypersonics, where the race for hypersonic technologies has flourished among global superpowers.
Government officials “laid out where we thought the U.S. was in hypersonics and where we thought some of our peer competitors were in hypersonics, and really tried to convince the department that we need a national initiative in this area,” said Walker.
The Pentagon allotted more funding to DARPA and other military services for hypersonic development in the fiscal year 2019 budget request, he noted. “I don’t think we got everything we wanted but it was a good first step.” The fiscal year 2019 budget request calls for a 136 percent increase over 2018 request in hypersonic efforts at DARPA’s laboratories, according to an agency spokesman.