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Navy will eventually outfit destroyers with hypersonic missiles: report



The Navy is planning to eventually outfit all its destroyers with new high-speed hypersonic missiles — an advanced weapon system that President Trump has touted in the past — national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Wednesday, according to a report.

“The Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike program will provide hypersonic missile capability to hold targets at risk from longer ranges,” O’Brien said at a speech at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“This capability will be deployed first on our newer Virginia-class submarines and the Zumwalt-class destroyers. Eventually, all three flights of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers will field this capability,” he said.

Hypersonic missiles, which can travel five times faster than the speed of sound, are also under development or testing by Russia and China.

The commander-in-chief said the advanced weapons system could cause sleepless nights for military brass in Beijing and Moscow.

“We have a – I call it the ‘super-duper missile,’” Trump said in May. “I heard the other night, [they are] 17 times faster than what they have right now.”

O’Brien said investing in new ship classes and weaponry “led to insufficient investment for the systems necessary to maintain peace and deterrence today.”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said he wants to expand the Navy’s fleet of 296 ships to 500 by 2045.

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