US President Donald trump invoked the wartime law for the urgent implementation of the hypersonic weapons program, the White house reported on June 24.
The decree of the American leader notes that the production of” ultra-high and high-temperature composites for hypersonic, strategic missile and space launch systems ” is extremely important for the national defense of the country.
Trump noted that without the application of the 303-th law on defense production in war or emergency, it is impossible to expect that the US production will quickly and effectively cope with the task of creating hypersonic missiles.
This is not the first time that such legislation has been enforced by trump. In April, the American leader instructed to transfer the production of artificial ventilation devices (ventilators) in accordance with the law of wartime. Six companies received state support.
Earlier, the Pentagon has repeatedly stated the lag behind Russia and China in the field of hypersonic weapons. In this regard, the United States has accelerated its weapons program. Trump announced the appearance of a “super-duper missile”, which will be 17 times faster than the enemy’s missiles and can hit a target of 70 cm at a distance of 1.6 thousand km.
On June 18, Michael white, who is responsible for developing hypersonic weapons at the Pentagon, announced plans to speed up missile testing.
A few days before it became known that the newest hypersonic missile of the United States during tests almost flew away in free flight.
Earlier in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of counter-hypersonic missiles. According to him, the interception means will appear in the Russian Federation earlier than in other countries “hypersonic”.