Pentagon requested $2.6 billion to create hypersonic weapons

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US Department of Defense plans to request $ 2.6 billion from the congress to develop hypersonic weapons in fiscal year 2020, said Lt.-Gen. Anthony Ierardi, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, Hérardi quoted excerpts from the Pentagon’s draft budget, according to which this amount would be spent on the development of hypersonic aircraft, naval and ground-based armament systems within the concept of “quick strike” by non-nuclear means.

In addition, another 3.7 billion dollars will be directed to the development of unmanned and autonomous systems for action in the face of opposition from a likely adversary.

Another 927 million dollars will be directed to the development of artificial intelligence programs, including in the field of object and image recognition.

The fiscal year 2020 begins in the United States on October 1, 2019.

According to the draft, which before approval will be discussed by Congress and may undergo changes, the budget of the US defense department in 2020 is provided in the amount of 750 billion dollars, which is 5% more than in 2019.

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