|Russia’s defence ministry has said it is developing laser, electromagnetic and plasma weapons that can be fired at “hypersonic” speeds. "Coming next are hypersonic weapons, which require the use of principally new materials and control systems that operate in a completely different medium, in plasma,” Russian news agency Tass reported.|
|Hypersonic speeds are those which exceed five times the speed of sound, equivalent to around 3,800mph. The speed of a conventional bullet is closer to 1,700mph. |
The news comes as the new American President revealed the basic outline of his defence policy, which includes a pledge not to “allow other nations to surpass our military capability”. Military engineers have developed their own versions of alternative weapons for the US army.
The US Navy is already using a 30-kilowatt laser weapon that can shoot drones out of the sky.