On May 15, US President Trump relvealed the flag of the recently created Space Force and a plan to develop a ‘super-duper missile’ that will be 17 times faster than other weapons of this kind.
“We are building, right now, incredible military equipment at a level that nobody has ever seen before. We have no choice. We have to do it — with the adversaries we have out there. We have a — I call it the ‘super-duper missile.’ And I heard the other night, 17 times faster than what they have right now,” Trump said at a White House event to sign the 2020 Armed Forces Day Proclamation.
“You take the fastest missile we have right now — you’ve heard Russia has five times, and China is working on five or six times. We have one 17 times. And it’s just gotten the go-ahead.”
The US President made the announcement in the front of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. After these remarks White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was unable to elaborate and referred reporters to the Pentagon. In own turn, the Pentagon declined to provide any details regarding the ‘super-duper missile’ project or confirm that the US is even theoretically able to develop a missile that would be 17 times faster than Russian hypersonic weapons.
In fact, Trump’s announcement of the development of this ‘new great missile’ showcases that the US has no such weapons right now, while Russia has been already placing them on combat duty.