White House announces hypersonic missile program with Australia and UK. Photo/Illustration
The announcement comes roughly seven months after the AUKUS partnership launched, with the clear aim of helping Australia develop a nuclear submarine fleet to counter the presence China in the area Indo-Pacific .
“We are fully committed to building a robust approach to sharing naval propulsion technology with Australia that strengthens the global non-proliferation regime,” the three countries said in a joint statement Tuesday afternoon local time.
“We are also committed today to starting a new trilateral cooperation on hypersonic and counter-hypersonic, and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as to expanding information sharing and deepening cooperation on defense innovation,” the statement continued. Washington ExaminerWednesday (6/4/2022).
Office White House said the hypersonic system would add to existing efforts to deepen cooperation in cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, and additional underwater capabilities.
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the US Air Force (DARPA) successfully tested a hypersonic missile developed by Lockheed Martin in mid-March.
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Hypersonic missile technology has been around for decades, but DARPA says the new missile will fly with increased maneuverability, allowing the military to strike targets with a much higher level of precision.