Australia will soon test its first hypersonic missiles
Agreement was signed with the United States
Certainly it's not right speaking of “charm” when dealing with missile issues, but Australia was not able to resist the “temptation” to experiment with hypersonic rockets (read also the article published by AVIONEWS). Missiles that manage to exceed the speed of sound by at least five times will be tested within the next few months, at least according to what can be inferred from an agreement signed with the United States for the development of prototype weapons of the future generation. As reported in these last hours by the local media, during the day tomorrow, Tuesday 1 December 2020, Defense Minister Linda Reynolds will announce the plan and the details were partially revealed.
Canberra spoke specifically a few months before the official debut of its hypersonic missiles, while the Air Force could have about 200 in the short term. The agreement with Washington took the name of "Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment", an almost endless series of words which has been simplified with the abbreviation Scifire. Both nations have been working on research projects in this field for at least 15 years and this year alone Australia has reached nearly 10 billion dollars for long-range and high-speed missile defenses. Before the actual purchase of the missiles we are talking about, however, there will be military exercises able to demonstrate what the real behavior of the weapon is in operational conditions.
On the subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.
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