‘President Donald Trump has revealed that the United States is currently developing ‘many’ super-fast hypersonic missiles and boasted that the American weapons were ‘big, powerful, lethal and fast’.
It comes after the U.S Army awarded a $2.5 billion contract to aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin to build them with the aim of having at least one ready by the end of next year.
Trump’s mention of the hypersonic missiles was dropped briefly into his national address on Wednesday as he spoke of the escalating tensions with Iran just hours after Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.
It is no secret that the U.S. has been working on developing hypersonic weapons, but Trump’s speech implied that multiple missiles were currently being built.
‘Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast,’ Trump said.
‘Under construction are many hypersonic missiles.
‘The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent.’