The proverbial pissing contest between the United States, Russia, and North Korea just got a little more interesting with the reported test of a new Russian rocket.
In what could be considered by the most phallic of all military posturing maneuvers, these three nations have been busily launching and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles for years, but the action has picked up in the months after U.S. President Donald Trump has taken office.
Most famously, or infamously, North Korea has been floundering nearly weekly with their embarrassingly poor results. Two consecutive tests have ended in utter failure, with the rockets themselves exploding mere moments after liftoff. A third test this month flew a paltry 600 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan. While that last test was enough to invoke some harsh language from the Japanese government, it proved that North Korea could still be a decade away from their ultimate goal of landing a nuclear-tipped warhead in California.
The U.S., of course, responded with a test of their own. In the American display, however, the Pentagon was successfully able to knock an ICBM out of the sky on the first try; a not-so-subtle jab at North Korea. Should Kim Jong Un actually get a rocket anywhere near the United States, it will surely be obliterated long before it can do any damage.
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Not to be outdone in this trio of tension, Russia has now flopped their own proverbial missile technology out onto the table, with the test of a truly terrifying weapon.
“Russia has launched five successful flights of a hypersonic jet that is capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with a single impact, according to a new report.
“The Zircon cruise missile travels between 3,800mph and 4,600mph – five to six times the speed of sound – and puts Russia ‘half a decade’ ahead of the US’, the report says.
“This makes it faster than any anti-missile system, including those that are expected to appear in the next two decades.
“Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov said: ‘In Russia, the testing of actual weapons is already underway.'”
That speed has this advanced piece of weaponry clocking in around Mach 6, or, six times the speed of sound. That would mean that this projectile, launched from Moscow, would reach Washington D.C. in less that two hours, with no air defense system capable of stopping it.
Of course, the claims being made regarding the missile have yet to be independently verified. Given the turbulent state of affairs between Russia and the United States at this juncture, these purported tests could simply be a piece of Kremlin propaganda meant to keep the Russian people satisfied with their ability to compete on the world’s military stage.
If the device is legitimate, however, world warfare will soon be facing an existential crisis in which defensive capabilities are rendered useless.