USA tests latest hypersonic missiles in bold response to Putin’s nuclear threats

The US Air Force claims it tested a deadly hypersonic missile off the coast of California over the weekend, after Russia made new threats to strike Britain in '200 seconds' with its Satan-2 hypersonic nuke.

The test saw a B-52 bomber drop the high-speed Rapid Response Weapon, which is so quick and agile that it can evade typical missile defence systems.

"Following separation from the aircraft, the ARRW’s booster ignited and burned for expected duration, achieving hypersonic speeds five times greater than the speed of sound,” the US said.

It would mark the second successful hypersonic missile test by the US following another trial in mid-March.

The US test follows threats from Russia which saw Putin's government brag about Russia's 'unstoppable' Satan-2 ballistic missile that can carry 10 or more nuclear warheads and travel 11,000 miles.

Aleksey Zhuravlyov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's defence committee, made threats to wipe out Finland in 10 seconds if it joins NATO in the wake of the Russia Ukraine war.

He said: "If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate – to question the existence of this state. This is logical."

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Zhuravlyov continued: "If the United States threatens our state, it’s good: here is the Sarmat [known in the West as Satan-2] for you, and there will be nuclear ashes from you if you think that Russia should not exist.

“And Finland says that it is at one with the USA. Well, get in line."

Last month, Putin called the hypersonic missiles a "big, significant event" for Russia's military.

Putin said: "The missile can break through all modern anti-missile defences. There is nothing like this anywhere in the world, and won't be for a long time."

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