Baku. 24 November. REPORT.AZ/ The US Navy is developing a hypersonic weapon able to launch from underwater to be used in a Prompt Global Strike program, according to US Navy Vice Admiral Johnny Wolfe.
Report informs citing Sputnik International that speaking at the annual Naval Submarine League symposium earlier this month, Wolfe explained that the US seeks the goal of being able to hit any target around the globe at any given moment within a time span of one hour. To do so, they need a hypersonic weapon with a booster that can be launched from any platform.
"From a Navy perspective, we're developing the booster that our hypersonic glide body will go on, and we're doing it though in such a way that we're taking the most stringent requirement — which is underwater launch — and so as we develop it we will do it in such a way that as the bigger Navy comes through what platform or platforms they actually want to deploy this on, the launcher and the glide body will be able to survive any of those environments," Wolfe said.
According to the admiral, the future missile will not only be used by the Navy, but by all other branches of the military, too.
"It will be for all the services as they figure out what platform they want to go deploy a capability like this on," Wolfe said.
Wolfe also announced that SSP has received an order to develop tactical nuclear weapons in order to catch up with Russia's recently announced advanced missile systems.
"We will have that capability in direct response to Russia."