US aiming to develop hypersonic missiles banned under INF Treaty

US aiming to develop hypersonic missiles banned under INF Treaty

The United States Army is looking where it can find “opportunities.”

Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy noted that the United States is seeking to develop a hypersonic ballistic missile with a radius range that had previously been banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"With respect to the INF ranges in particular, we're looking at where can we first find opportunities," McCarthy said during his speech the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC. "Clearly, hypersonics, if you put a ballistic warhead on a hypersonic missile."

Earlier, the US tested a non-nuclear ground-base cruise missile, which was banned under the INF Treaty.

On 2 August, the United States formally withdrew from the INF Treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow cannot ignore the state of affairs after the US withdrew from the agreement. He instructed the government to monitor Washington’s steps to develop the INF Treaty program.

The INF was a 1987 treaty with Soviet Union, which prohibited ground-launched nuclear, ballistic and cruise missiles which range from 500 to 5,000 kilometers.

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