In December 2020, Russia conducted the third test launch of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, which reached a speed of Mach eight. In the summer, two Chinese ballistic missiles hit a target ship in the South China Sea.
According to RIA Novosti, according to experts from the American edition of Business Insider, the new Russian and Chinese anti-ship missiles may pose a “real threat” to the US Navy aircraft carriers.
According to the expert, the US aircraft carriers, “considered the rulers of the seas”, may soon face a threat to their existence.
The author emphasized that hypersonic missiles are too fast for missile defenses to respond effectively. Intercepting them makes it almost impossible to change the flight path.
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“The true capabilities of the new anti-ship weapons of Russia and China are still unknown, but recent tests prove that the US Navy aircraft carriers may soon lose their unconditional dominance”, – the author concludes.