According to military research, Russia is developing a new hypersonic missile which can pass missile defense systems and hold nuclear warheads. This weapon is presumably part of Russia’s intent to update the country’s missile capabilities.

Russia, like the U.S. and China, has spent years working on the “Yu-71” missile. The project is codenamed “Project 4202,” and the missile is said to reach a maximum speed of 7,000 miles per hour, or Mach 10. It is also meant to be very maneuverable.

So far it has undergone four tests, the most recent on Feb. 26th, according to Sputnik News of Russia.

A Jane’s Intelligence Review report found that “This would give Russia the ability to deliver a guaranteed small-scale strike against a target of choice; if coupled with an ability to penetrate missile defenses, Moscow would also retain the option of launching a successful single-missile attack.” The report also said that Russia could launch up to 24 nuclear payloads from 2020 to 2025. They are also planning to create the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile by then, which, according to Sputnik, would carry the hypersonic device.

The U.S. and China are working on this technology, too, and worries about an upcoming arms race are become more and more founded.

China is said to have tested its hypersonic creation, “Wu-14,” more than four times since January of 2014. Their weapon can hold nuclear warheads while travelling 7,000 miles per hour, and can supposedly pass the U.S.’s anti missile shields.

The Inquisitr claimed the U.S. attempts is said to travel at Mach 5, or 3,806 miles per hour.

Concerns grow as Russia develops their hypersonic missile system in their attempts to surpass other countries’ defenses.

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