US NEEDS BILLIONS TO ADJUST SHIELD VS RUSSIAN HYPERSONIC MISSILES
The US will have to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to make its existing missile shield efficient against hypersonic missiles, chief of the Russian National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Friday.
"In the conditions when hypersonic missile systems appear, the US defense industry will need additional hundreds of billions of dollars to upgrade its existing missile shield to the acceptable degree of efficiency," Ryzhkov said, adding that this is exactly what the US defense industry wants.
In his words "hundreds of billions of dollars of US taxpayers" have already been spent to create the missile shield, the Russian TASS news agency also reported.
The US is rushing to perfect its own hypersonic missiles to counter the boast of Putin that Russian hypersonic missiles cannot be intercepted and destroyed by the aging missiles of the US.