While Pentagon officials claim their plan to develop the Hypersonic Missile would not be used in carrying nuclear warheads, critics are doubtful on the true intention of the new missile technology of the United States, especially its Russian and Chinese counterparts.
Immediately upon hearing the missile technology research from the US, the Russian Foreign Ministry had expressed its worry about the plan to deploy the technologically-advanced missiles in Europe, the Russian Newspaper TASS reported.
In a commentary on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the Hypersonic Missile of the United States is ‘very dangerous’ and could lower the threshold for nuclear weapon use, if the Pentagon pushes to consider it as a battlefield weapon.
Moscow also reminded the United States that they have both agreed to abandon such option in its mutual effort to reaffirm its commitment to the global nuclear security some 25 years ago.
“It is a very dangerous project that can considerably lower the nuclear weapons use ‘threshold’ when American nuclear bombs are seen as ‘battlefield weapons.’It looks like the United States is planning to plunge back into its former irresponsible practice of walking on the brink of nuclear warfare,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
However, despite Russia’s opposition, security officials from the United States maintained that the multi-million dollar missile project by Pentagon’s the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), will be used to carry conventional warheads. The US has so far spent over $34 million for the project.
“These are very specific point design weapon systems. We have picked design points where the technology is available today and we can put these things together as systems now,” Thomas Bussing, vice president of Raytheon’s Advanced Missile Systems was quoted as saying by the Defense One.