Babylon the Great is Years Behind China

Defence contractor Raytheon Technologies Corp is developing hypersonic weapons for the US military. Photo: Reuters

US is ‘years behind’ China on hypersonic weapons, Raytheon head says

Defence contractor CEO Gregory Hayes says the superfast technology is the most destabilising threat to the homeland. While the Pentagon has a number of programmes in development, the Chinese military has actually fielded the weapons

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Defence contractor Raytheon Technologies Corp is developing hypersonic weapons for the US military. Photo: Reuters

The head of defence contractor Raytheon has said the US is years behind China in its pursuit of hypersonic weapons which can bob and weave through the atmosphere at more than five times the speed of sound.

Hypersonics capability is “the most destabilising threat to the homeland. The time to react is very, very short,” said Gregory Hayes, CEO of Raytheon Technologies, which is developing a hypersonic cruise missile with the US military.

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