Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Russian Fuel Would Allow Missiles To Fly Faster Than Five Times The Speed Of Sound, Could Increase Tensions With US

X-51A Wave RiderRussian military officials claim they have created a fuel that will allow missiles to fly faster than five times the speed of sound. If true, it would put Russia at the head of the pack in a growing hypersonic arms race, according to the Moscow Times.

Hypersonic flight could slash missile flight times, allow missiles to avoid detection by other nations and upset the global military order.

“The recipe has been created, and the energy accumulated in this fuel will enable our vehicles to exceed Mach 5,” General Dmitry Bulgakov, deputy defense minister, said on Tuesday, according to Tass. He was referring to the barrier between supersonic speeds and hypersonic speeds.

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