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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 9:02 p.m. PST

…Concern All Of Us.

"Lost amid the intense international focus on North Korea's promise to halt its nuclear and missile tests and the deteriorating security situation in Syria have been several worrisome incidents involving the development and use of advanced and conventional weapons. This has included surprising revelations about the extent of Russia's weapons programs and ominous new applications of existing weapons technology by non-state actors.

In Russia, President Putin in early March revealed five new weapons that he claims his country already possesses. They included a nuclear-armed cruise missile, a powerful new ICBM, a hypersonic cruise missile, a nuclear-powered torpedo, and a new hypersonic glide vehicle…"
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Cyrus the Great24 Apr 2018 11:02 p.m. PST

If you believe anything the sock elf says I have some land and a bridge I'd like to sell you!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

Cheap…? (smile)


Lion in the Stars26 Apr 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

Nuclear-armed cruise missiles aren't new, the US has had them since 1960 (AGM28 Hound Dogs, which are huge, 2 per B52).

I'm not quite believing Hypersonics yet, that's a fantastically complex flight regime. Mach 4 is so common that we've had missiles doing that since the 1960s. But Mach 5 or more is much harder, the air doesn't behave the same way! The US has been trying to get hypersonics to work since the 1960s, not much luck yet!

I know the Russians have built a couple subs to operate their nuclear powered torpedoes, but the design itself is problematic. You can't do much testing of the weapon, it's basically a sealed round that either fires or doesn't when you try to launch it.

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