Hypersonic Weapons

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                                  In 1945, the United States heralded the nuclear age with the develop-
ment and explosion of an atomic bomb. We may now be on the thresh hold of a new age in
weaponry. These new weapons are known as hypersonic weapons. Hypersonic weapons can
travel at Mach 5 to Mach 10, and can go so fast that there is no time to react or track them.
At such hyper-speeds they can move and hit a target before the other side can react to shoot
at them. The countries that are most advanced at not only testing but also putting hypersonic
weapons into operation are China, the United States and Russia. In many ways the nuclear
bomb may become the weapon of choice for poorer nations like North Korea, Pakistan and
Iran. Clearly they might be quite formidable, but they can be tracked and more often than not shot
down. A hypersonic weapon cannot be tracked or shot down, and will represent the most
advanced type of weapon possible other than say lasers. The real problem with hypersonic
weapons now is that it is hard to get them up to the speeds possible to keep them at a
hypersonic pace, and hard to accurately aim them because of their intense speed. China,
the United States and Russia are working at solving these problems. Once this is done, the
hypersonic weapons being developed will indeed be the weapons of the future.