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SUMMER 2015
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FASTER THAN A FLYING BULLETT

Never satisfied with the size of world arsenal big brains in big laboratories with hopes for big bucks with the support of perhaps smaller brained politician are working on the next terror weapon.

Several countries have been testing technology for missiles that fly at five or more times the speed of sound.

The perceived military value of hypersonic delivery systems lies in their ability to strike quickly over long distances while evading early-warning radars and ballistic missile defences. In the mad world of weapons dreamers, designers, financiers and paymasters some proponents of the technology also argue that hypersonics could replace nuclear weapons in ‘some’ roles. Others, see hypersonic missiles as destabilising and calls have emerged to halt a developing hypersonic arms race.
Hypersonic missiles are just one aspect of a renewed arms race among the world’s major nuclear-armed powers. Sources of this resurgent danger include smouldering geopolitical rivalries, shifts in economic power, and new weapons made possible by emerging technology. The world has failed so far to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle, and new genies are now getting loose: space weapons, cyber warfare, drones, and autonomous weapons. Weapons based on synthetic biology and nanotechnology loom on the horizon.



Seen in this context, a test ban for hypersonic weapons stands out as an easy and significant opportunity to resist an onslaught of destabilising weapons technology. Say no to hypersonic weapons. Of course we could just say to other weapons instead of always chasing after the latest.

 

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