The truth about hypersonic missiles.

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A hypersonic missile is anything that travels above the speed of sound. Technically, ICBMs are hypersonic since the travel at about Mach 19, but hypersonic missiles are special because they can move very fast but can also turn to navigate or avoid threats like a cruise missile.

This makes them very difficult to shoot down, but they are so expensive that they can only be used on very important targets.

What should be the United States’ next move on hypersonic tech?

Hypersonic missiles travel above mach 5.

If you assume a ship’s radar height is 24 meters, then the horizon is 17.5 kilometers away.

This means that a missile would take roughly 10 seconds to reach a ship.