Tomahawk cruise missile fired from a US warship – Photo: AFP
“We are committed to initiating new trilateral cooperation on hypersonic and anti-hypersonic weapons, and electronic warfare capabilities, as well as expanding information sharing and deepening cooperation on national innovation.” room”, the joint statement of the US, UK and Australia stated.
These initiatives will “add to our existing efforts to strengthen cooperation on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, and complementarity,” the statement said. capabilities under the sea”.
In September 2021, the US, UK and Australia announced a tripartite agreement (AUKUS) to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. According to US media, this is an attempt to compete with China’s military advances and growing influence in the region.
Russia, China, the US and North Korea have tested hypersonic missiles.
On April 5, the US said it had successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March, but kept quiet for two weeks to avoid escalating tensions with Russia.
The US test comes a few days after Russia announced it had launched a hypersonic missile during a special military operation in Ukraine.
Hypersonic missiles, like conventional ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, can travel at more than five times the speed of sound. While ballistic missiles fly high in an arc to reach their target, hypersonic missiles can fly lower, being able to reach the target faster.
When asked about the agreement between the US, UK and Australia, China’s ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun warned against measures that could promote a crisis like the one in Ukraine. other regions of the world.